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The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fourth Edition brings together contributions from an international group of experts on the role of fathers in child development. Under the auspices of editor Michael Lamb, this guide offers a single-source reference for the most recent findings and beliefs related to fathers and fatherhood. The Role of the Father in Child Development, Fourth Edition helps mental health professionals bridge scientific theories to application and practice that teach fathers how to positively influence their children's development.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Geri R. Donenberg, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: 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).
Purpose: 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.
Audience: 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.
Features: 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.
Assessment: 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 recent theory 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471511724
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1976
  • Series: Personality Processes Series
  • Pages: 408

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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Table of Contents

1 The Role of the Father: An Introduction 1
2 Two Dimensions of Fatherhood: A History of the Good Dad-Bad Dad Complex 32
3 African American and African Caribbean Fathers: Level, Quality, and Meaning of Involvement 58
4 Latino Fathers: Unchartered Territory in Need of Much Exploration 98
5 Social Science and Public Policy Perspectives on Fatherhood in the European Union 121
6 Fathering in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Cultures: A Review of the Research Literature 146
7 Fathers in Forager, Farmer, and Pastoral Cultures 182
8 Fathers in Family Context: Effects of Marital Quality and Marital Conflict 196
9 Paternal Involvement by U.S. Residential Fathers: Levels, Sources, and Consequences 222
10 The Development and Significance of Father-Child Relationships in Two-Parent Families 272
11 Fathering and Children's Peer Relationships 307
12 The Effects of Divorce on Fathers and Children: Nonresidential Fathers and Stepfathers 341
13 Fathers in Fragile Families 368
14 Gay Fathers 397
15 Fathers in Violent Homes 417
16 Intervention: Changing the Nature and Extent of Father Involvement 446
17 The Impact of Workplace Practices on Father Involvement 476
Author Index 505
Subject Index 531
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