The result of an invited conference of scholars studying father involvement, this volume reflects on the conceptualization and measurement of father involvement within the academic and policy-making communities. It explores different measurement techniques and cultural influences impacting father involvement. The book begins by describing three of the most popular approaches to the study of father involvement and its impact: the binary approach, studies on the impact of separation and divorce, and interaction among fathers, mothers, and children. Following chapters address: assessing father involvement in Mexican-American families, father involvement in Great Britain, studying fathering trajectories, using father narratives to explore paternal identity and father involvement with children with special needs, influences on various types of father involvement in Sweden, father participation in family-based programming, fathering in China, father involvement in divorced families, early father involvement in fragile families, youth ratings of father role performance of resident and nonresident fathers, father involvement and the diversity of family context, multiple determinants of father involvement, measuring mother and father shared caregiving, fathering profiles of men involved in intimate partner violence, fathering indicators for practice and evaluation, and measuring father involvement in large-scale surveys. Numerous tables and references.
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