The increase in fatherlessness in the United States is a significant social problem that is affecting the well-being of children and society. This book suggests that children who have little or no contact with their fathers experience more disadvantages than children who live with both parents and that men must be socialized into the role of father. The chapters outline the impact of societal expectations on men's attitudes toward fatherhood and examine seven types of fathers defined in our culture: the unnecessary father, the old father, the new father, the deadbeat dad, the visiting father, the sperm father, and the stepfather. The text also describes the characteristics of good fathers as identified by men and women, including provides for and protects family, demonstrates love for spouse and children, has moral values, and is flexible and willing to share household responsibilities. Recommendations for encouraging men to be become more committed to their families are reviewed in the final chapter. Numerous notes.
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