This book is designed to help practitioners keep fathers in mind in their therapeutic work and to raise and demonstrate a strong awareness of fathers and their importance in children's lives, whether negative or positive. An introduction explores the lack of research on fathers, theoretical models for work with fathers, the relationship between attachment theory and fathers, and the influence of dominate discourses and the impact on fathers. The rest of the book is divided into seven chapters which explore different aspects of fathers and fathering. It begins by examining demographic features of fathers, who they are, where they are, and how fathering as a concept has changed over the generations. Subsequent chapters look at men and parenting, men's mental health in relations to fathering, and the role of fathers. A chapter follows on the engagement of fathers in clinical work with families. Other chapters address recommended strategies for working with separated fathers, lone fathers, fathers in prison, domestic violence and fathers, working with fathers and men in groups, and cultural aspects of fathering. Chapters close with key practice points. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
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