The first research-based text that focuses on the impact of the father-daughter relationship, this provocative book examines the factors that can strengthen or weaken these relationships and the impact that these relationships have on society. The research is brought to life with compelling personal stories from fathers and daughters, including well-known celebrities and politicians. Controversial questions engage the reader and film lists and website resources demonstrate the relevance of the research. Boxed quizzes and questionnaires show students how the research can be applied to their own lives while others highlight the relationships between actual fathers and daughters. Bold faced terms, a conclusion, and review questions keep readers focused on the key concepts. How these relationships are often ignored or denigrated in the media and in some mental health and legal systems is examined. The hope is that readers will apply the research to their own families and/or work.
The book addresses:
- What is "good" fathering?
- How do daughters influence their fathers' well-being?
- How do fathers affect their daughters' social, academic, athletic, and psychological development?
- How are problems such as depression, eating disorders, and teenage pregnancy related to the quality of these relationships?
- How are father-daughter relationships in ethnic and racial groups unique?
- How do incarceration, abuse, gay or lesbian relationships, military service, immigration, and poverty affect father-daughter relationships?
The book opens with the importance of the father’s role on daughters and the changing patterns of these roles. Chapter 2 examines the myths and misconceptions of father-daughter relationships including how they are portrayed in the media and the differences between parenting styles. Chapter 3 explores the behaviors that constitute "good" fathering. Scales used to measure "good" fathering are included. How fathers affect their daughters’ social, academic, intellectual, athletic, and psychological development is then considered. Factors that can weaken father-daughter relationships, such as divorce, including various theoretical perspectives, are explored in chapters 5 and 6. Father-daughter relationships of racial or ethnic minorities and an array of potentially destructive situations that affect these relationships are the focus of chapters 7 and 8. The impact of fathers who are incarcerated, abusive, alcoholics, gay, or sperm donors are considered. The book concludes with suggestions on where we go from here.
Intended as a supplemental text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on father-daughter relationships and/or parenting taught in human development, family studies, psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, and women’s studies, this practical book also appeals to mental health practitioners, social workers, legal professionals, and school counselors interested in these relationships.
About the Author
Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University. A member of the faculty for 35 years, she is a nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships. Her work has been featured in a PBS documentary, on National Public Radio, and in dozens of magazines and newspapers. In addition to her many scholarly articles, she has written two textbooks, Adolescence: A Contemporary View and How to Motivate Adolescents: A guide for parents and teachers as well as two books on ways to improve father-daughter relationships, Embracing Your Father and Between Fathers and Daughters: Enriching or rebuilding your adult relationship. More information on her work is available at www.wfu.edu/~nielsen .
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Fathers, Facts and Fiction. 3. Fathering and Fatherhood. 4. How and Why Fathers Matter. 5. The Mother's Impact. 6. Divorced Fathers and Their Daughters. 7. Fathers and Daughters in Racial and Ethnic Minorities. 8. Difficult and Challenging Relationships.