The Role of the Father in Child Development

The Role of the Father in Child Development

by Michael E. Lamb
     
 

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The Definitive reference on the important role fathers play in child development today

Edited by Dr. Michael Lamb—the recognized authority on the role of fathers in child development, The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fifth Edition brings together contributions from international experts on each subject to provide a thorough and

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The Definitive reference on the important role fathers play in child development today

Edited by Dr. Michael Lamb—the recognized authority on the role of fathers in child development, The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fifth Edition brings together contributions from international experts on each subject to provide a thorough and current summary of the state of fatherhood across cultures, classes, economic systems, and family formations. This classic guide offers a single-source reference for the most recent findings and beliefs related to fathers and fatherhood. This thoroughly updated new edition provides the latest material on topics such as:

  • The effects of divorce
  • Fathers from low-income backgrounds
  • Stepfathers’ lives: exploring social context and interpersonal complexity
  • Social policy
  • Gay fathers
  • Fatherhood and masculinity
The definitive book on when, why, and how fathers matter to their children and families, The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fifth Edition is an essential reference for all mental health professionals who endeavor to understand and support fathers in becoming positive influences in their children’s development.

Editorial Reviews

4 Stars! from Doody
Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography
. . . a worthwhile investment for all interested in the study of the family and in the current thinking and knowledge about paternal contributions to socialization and personality development.
Contemporary Psychology
. . . a much-welcomed addition to an emerging literature on the father's contribution to child development . . . an important book deserving a place on the shelves of developmental psychologists.
Joy Osofsky
Lamb . . . has done a fine job, both of integrating major perspectives on the role of the father in child development and of taking a critical look at some of the classic literature in the area.
Geri R. Donenberg
This third edition contains 16 well-written chapters addressing fathers, fatherhood, and the impact of father-child relationships on children. Chapters review diverse areas of paternal influence across different developmental stages (e.g., infancy, adolescence) and under special circumstances (e.g., gay fathers, divorce, child psychopathology). The role of the father is considered within a broad social context (e.g., marital quality, ethnicity). The purpose is to review what is known about the role of fathers in child development and to offer an update of current scholarship and research by knowledgeable experts in the field. The author's goal is to shape conceptions of and research on fatherhood for years to come. These are noteworthy objectives, and the author accomplishes his goal. It appears to be written primarily for academic researchers in developmental, clinical, and social psychology. Mental health professionals will also find the book useful for illuminating important paternal influences on children's psychological adjustment. The contributors represent some of the most knowledgeable and recognized experts in the field. Chapters are divided into subsections to facilitate easy reading. There are few tables and figures in the book. Reference lists are extensive and current. Both a subject and author index are provided. This book makes an important contribution to psychology, a field that has traditionally focused on mothers and the role of mothers in child development. This book is unique in its emphasis on fathers and its effort to highlight the many and varied roles fathers play in children's development. Chapter authors effectively integrate and summarize recenttheory and research to provide an up-to-date understanding of fatherhood. This book is likely to be a definitive source for those interested in father-child relationships and paternal influences on children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470599969
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
672
File size:
3 MB

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Meet the Author

MICHAEL E. LAMB, PhD, is Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences, Cambridge University, and has served as head of the Section on Social and Emotional Development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His current research is concerned with the evaluation, validation, and facilitation of children’s accounts of sexual abuse; the effects of domestic violence on children’s development; the effects of contrasting patterns of early child care on children and their families; and the description of early patterns of infant care in diverse sociocultural ecologies.

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