The first research-based text that focuses on the impact of the father-daughter relationship, this provocative book examines the factors that can strengthen or weaken these relationships as well as the impact that these relationships have on society. The research is brought to life with compelling personal stories from fathers as well as daughters, including well-known celebrities as well as politicians. Controversial questions engage the reader as well as film lists as well as website resources demonstrate the relevance of the research. Boxed quizzes as well as questionnaires show students how the research can be applied to their own lives while others highlight the relationships between actual fathers as well as daughters. Bold faced terms, a conclusion, as well as review questions keep readers focused on the key concepts. How these relationships are often ignored or denigrated in the media as well as in some mental health as well as legal systems is examined. The hope is that readers will apply the research to their own families and/or work.
The book addresses:
- What is “good” fathering?.
- How do daughters influence their fathers’ well-being?
- How do fathers affect their daughters’ social, academic, athletic, as well as psychological development?
- How are problems such as depression, eating disorders, as well as teenage pregnancy related to the quality of these relationships?
- How are father-daughter relationships in ethnic as well as racial groups unique?
- How do incarceration, abuse, gay or lesbian relationships, military service, immigration, as well as poverty affect father-daughter relationships?
The book opens with the importance of the father’s role on daughters as well as the changing patterns of these roles. Chapter 2 examines the myths as well as misconceptions of father-daughter relationships including how they're portrayed in the media as well as the differences between parenting styles. Chapter 3 explores the behaviors that constitute “good” fathering. Scales used to measure “good” fathering are included. How fathers affect their daughters’ social, academic, intellectual, athletic, as well as psychological development is then considered. Factors that can weaken father-daughter relationships, such as divorce, including various theoretical perspectives, are explored in chapters 5 as well as 6. Father-daughter relationships of racial or ethnic minorities as well as an array of potentially destructive situations that affect these relationships are the focus of chapters 7 as well as 8. The impact of fathers who are incarcerated, abusive, alcoholics, gay, or sperm donors are considered. The book concludes with suggestions on where we go from here
Intended as a supplemental text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on father-daughter relationships and/or parenting taught in human development, family studies, psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, as well as women’s studies, this practical book also appeals to mental health practitioners, social workers, legal professionals, as well as school counselors interested in these relationships. .