Pop's Culture: A National Survey of Dads' Attitudes on Fathering.

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National Fatherhood Initiative.
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One of the more important developments in American society in recent years has been the growth of awareness of the importance of responsible fatherhood to the well-being and proper development of children and to the health of the society as a whole. It would be an exaggeration to claim that a consensus has emerged on this issue--there remains a few "family diversity" advocates who deny the importance of fathers and what they do for children. But those who deny the importance of fatherhood seem to be increasingly irrelevant in the public discourse.

Important unanswered questions remain, however, about the bases of responsible fatherhood and how those who would promote it can best attain that goal. The telephone survey of 701 American men selected to be representative of American fathers age 18 and older with at least one biological or adopted child (not a stepchild) under the age of 18 that yielded the findings reported here was conducted to help answer those questions. (Author abstract modified)

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