Fathers, Families and the Future : a Plethora of Plausible Predictions.

Journal Name
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
Journal Volume
50
Journal Issue
4
Page Count
15
Year Published
2004
Author (Individual)
Parke, Ross D.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
This commentary focuses on new directions in the study of fathers and families. Several topics that are ripe for more theoretical and empirical scrutiny are outlined. These include the biological determinants of fathering, cultural constraints on fathers, the impact of becoming a father on men's development as adults, and an intergenerational perspective on fathering. Finally, a wider range of methodological approaches--including qualitative as well as quantitative, experimental as well as correlational--is advocated in order to advance our appreciation of fathers in children's lives. (Author abstract).

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