The role of fathers in families is explored, as well as their feelings about their children, parenting strategies, and involvement with their children. The impact of fathering on the psychopathology of children is discussed, as well as the impact of the parental relationship, the role of grandparents, and the challenges faced by gay parents. Key practice points for professionals working with fathers are listed.
Statistics from the 1997 and 2004 Bureau of Justice Statistics surveys on incarcerated parents and their children are shared. Findings indicate an estimated 809,800 parents of minor children were incarcerated in 2007, an estimated 1.7 million children had an incarcerated parent in 2007, and only 48% of parents in State prison had been living with their children. The impact of parental incarceration on children is discussed, as well as notable characteristics of parents in federal prison. 2 figures, 4 tables, and 17 references.
This introduction discusses the development of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters program (HIPPY), a home-based early intervention program that helps parents teach skills important to school readiness and success to their 3 to 5-year-old children. This free service is delivered by HIPPY home visitors who live in targeted high-need communities. It discusses the goals of the book, including its advocacy of an international network that can increase the productivity, quality, and quantity of HIPPY programs, its use as a resource for HIPPY practitioners and for researchers,…
The evolution of the role of fathers in family life is described and findings on the influences of fathers on children are shared. Correlation studies on paternal influences, studies of father absence and divorce, research on involved fathers, and research on the pathways through which fathers affect their children directly and indirectly are discussed. Finally, social policies promoting the father-child relationship are addressed. 30 references.
This chapter explores reasons why the concept of paternal involvement was originally conceived and operationalized and the pressing need to understand paternal involvement differently in the future. A parental capital framework is offered for understanding the possible direct influences of paternal involvement and its components on child outcomes. Implications for research and practice are discussed. 107 references.
Fathers' responses to parenthood and to their infants, the processes by which infants become attached, and differences in the nature and impact of mother- and father-child relationships are explored. Factors that influence father-child interactions and relationships are discussed, as well as characteristics of father-child relationships and changes in the relationship from childhood to adolescence. Numerous references.
Data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is analyzed and indicates less than one-fifth of unmarried couples had actually married by the time their child was 5 years old, nearly two-thirds of fathers are living away from their child after 5 years, and less than half saw their child more than once in the past month. Co-residence remained the most reliable correlate of paternal involvement. 4 tables and numerous references.
This chapter describes and refutes four prominent characterizations of low-income fathers as nonessential, deadbeat, perpetuators of their own childhood histories, and dissenters of marriage. Research findings are cited from interviews with 22 low-income fathers of preschoolers that found despite daily challenges, most low-income fathers were highly involved in the lives of their children. Numerous references.
This chapter reviews the connections between fathers' and children's psychopathology, provides an overview of fathers' involvement in mental health treatment, explores barriers that keep many fathers from becoming involved in mental health treatment, and examines factors that predict fathers' involvement in treatment. Suggestions are made for increasing fathers' involvement in clinical interventions. Numerous references.
This chapter reviews research findings, theoretical developments, and clinical interventions relating to fathers of children with developmental disabilities. Specific research findings on fathers of children with autism and research on fathers of children with other specific genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability are discussed, and clinical and research implications are explored. Numerous references.