Fathers, Children, and the Risk-Resilience Continuum

Authored by: Hiram E. Fitzgerald , Erika London Bocknek

Handbook of Father Involvement

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415878678
eBook ISBN: 9780203101414
Adobe ISBN: 9781136235054

10.4324/9780203101414.ch10

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Abstract

Reviewing the literature on the father's role in child development, Nash (1965, p 261) concluded that the “relative neglect of the father may have distorted our understanding of the dynamics of development and … adversely affected the rearing of males.” Nash's article was a catalyst for considerable research on father-child interactions during the remainder of the century. And yet, we continue to have insufficient answers to the basic question: What difference do fathers make in child development beyond their genetic contribution?

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