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Overview

Not so far back in American history the ideal father was a reliable breadwinner and stern disciplinarian who remained otherwise aloof from day-to-day child rearing duties. But the reality of fatherhood has always been more dynamic than the ideal, and the father's influence on a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development is as profound as it is complex. Over the past two decades, an explosion of research has transformed our understanding of both historical archetypes and contemporary relationships between father and child.

In this third edition of Dr. Michael Lamb's remarkable Role of the Father in Child Development, a team of leading experts provides a complete and up-to-date summary of the current scholarship on fathers and fatherhood, father-child relationships, and the influence of the father on the development of the child. This edition is characterized by a broader view of the social context within which these relationships take place, including ethnicity, marital quality, and the operation of particular ideals of fatherhood.

The book begins with an overview of the father's role, a look at paternal imagery in psychology and religion, and a historical review of the changing ideals of fatherhood. This is followed by an examination of the marital context in which fatherhood conventionally takes place and the different levels, sources, and consequences of paternal involvement with the child. The next four chapters examine the father-child relationship at different stages of the child's development and, taken together, constitute a study in the evolution of this relationship and its effects (both direct and indirect) on child development. The book concludes with explorations of nonconventional or particularly difficult relationships, including those experienced by divorced fathers, stepfathers, gay fathers, adolescent fathers, abusive fathers, and fathers of children with disabilities.

For developmental, family, and clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, researchers, social workers, and anyone involved in developmental psychology or child custody issues, this book offers rich detail, authoritative analysis, and profound insight into one of the most important relationships that any child will ever have.

". . . provides a much-needed resource for the student and the serious researcher." —Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography

". . . 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." —Contemporary Psychology

". . . 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." —Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography

"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." —Joy Osofsky, Contemporary Psychology

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471117711
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

About the editor: MICHAEL E. LAMB, PhD, is head of the Section on Social and Emotional Development at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, a post he has held since 1987. Prior to that, he was Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. His current research is concerned with the evaluation, validation, and facilitation of children's accounts of sexual abuse; the effects of do-mestic 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.

Dr. Lamb is coauthor of several books, including Development in Infancy, Socialization and Personality Development, Infant-Mother At-tachment, Child Care in Context, and Child Psychology Today. He founded and coedited the Advances in Developmental Psychology Series and has edited two dozen other books on various aspects of child development. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and has received several awards, both national and international, for his contributions to the field, including an honorary doctorate from the University of G?teborg, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Fathers and Child Development: An Introductory Overview and Guide (M. Lamb).

Fatherhood Ideals in the United States: Historical Dimensions (E. Pleck.

& J. Pleck).

Fathers in Family Context: Effects of Marital Quality on Child Adjustment (E. Cummings & A. O'Reilly).

Paternal Involvement: Levels, Sources, and Consequences (J. Pleck).

Fathers and Preschoolers (C. Lewis).

Fathers and Adolescents (C. Hosley & R. Montemayor).

Fathers of Children with Special Needs (M. Lamb & L. Billings).

Young Fathers and Child Development (W. Marsiglio & M. Cohan).

Fathers, the Missing Parents in Research on Family Violence (K. Sternberg).

References.

Indexes.

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