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"Poppa" psychology : the role of fathers in children's mental well-being
Phares, Vicky.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999.
Physical Description:
xv, 150 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1580 Lexile.
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BF723.F35 P48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Many people seem to be searching for answers to help explain their past, understand their current way of being, and help them create a happier future. This book questions the habit of blaming mothers for emotional problems, and focuses on the father-child relationship. Regardless of whether the father is present or absent, his actions will have a direct influence on the child's development. The book examines the ramifications of the father-child relationship and its effects on the child-turned-adult.

Author Notes

VICKY PHARES is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

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Phares (Univ. of South Florida) offers a careful description of how fathers and children influence one another, how fathering varies under diverse cultural and socioeconomic contexts, and how positive changes in relationships can be brought about therapeutically. The author sets the stage with a summary of diverse contemporary family constellations. The second chapter presents an interesting case for the commonalities between mother-child and father-child relationships, a topic often ignored. In the discussion of the history of "mother blaming" that follows, the author concludes that "it is incumbent upon all of us to look forward to solutions rather than backward for blame." Two chapters focus on typical characteristics of fathers whose children develop problems--e.g., AD/HD, conduct disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders--and on the characteristics of children whose fathers have antisocial personality disorders, substance abuse issues, or are physically or sexually abusive. In the final chapters, Phares offers numerous suggestions for what therapists can do individually or within the family if either the father or his children are experiencing mental health problems. Useful for academic collections supporting courses in psychology at all levels. R. B. Stewart Jr.; Oakland University

Table of Contents

Fathers in Present-Day Families
When Things Go Right: Fathers and Normal Childhood Development
When Problems Develop in Children: Why Not Just Blame the Mother?
When Problems Develop in Children: What Are the Characteristics of Their Fathers?
When Fathers Have Problems: What Are the Characteristics of Their Children? What to Do
When There Are Mental Health Problems in Fathers or Children
Encouraging Mental Health in Families of the Future
Selected Bibliography