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    How Fathers Care for the Next Generation: A Four-decade Study (Hardback) By (author) John Snarey, Foreword by George E. Vaillant

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    DescriptionEven in this age of working mothers, the role of fathering is often overlooked. This book illuminates the realities of fathering by presenting the results of an empirical study conducted over four decades and covering four generations of fathers and children. Through case studies and data analysis, Snarey demonstrates that men's care for their families reaps immense and long-lasting benefits - for themselves, for their offspring and for future generations. In striking contrast to research that considers fathers to be obscure or peripheral figures, Snarey reveals their position as central caregivers and characterizes their most effective nurturing behaviours. He examines fathers' involvement in three vital realms of their children's development: social-emotional, intellectual-academic, and physical-athletic. Looking specifically at fathers' relationships with their oldest children during the first two decades of their lives, Snarey addresses issues of fathering in both childhood and adolescence. He presents portraits of individual father-son and father-daughter relationships, and measures and defines the ways in which "good" fathers are constructively engaged in and supportive of children's growth. Snarey also focuses on the fathers themselves. He explores how men's boyhood experiences with their own fathers affect their subsequent parenting styles. Then, Snarey observes how various fathering experiences affect men at mid-life, in their marriages, and throughout their careers. His study also considers how the threat of infertility affects fathers' ability to care for the next generation. Within the current wave of scholarly interest in fathering, this study is grounded in Erik H. Erikson's model of psycho-social generativity, aiming to add a significant dimension to Erikson's theory by applying it to empirical research. Snarey makes a contribution to male, child, family, and developmental psychology, and addresses issues of ongoing concern in the fields of sociology and education.


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    Title
    How Fathers Care for the Next Generation
    Subtitle
    A Four-decade Study
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Snarey, Foreword by George E. Vaillant
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 730 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674409408
    ISBN 10: 067440940X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JHBK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JMH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, FAM020000
    DC20: 306.8742
    LC classification: HQ756.S547
    Thema V1.0: JMH, JHBK
    Illustrations note
    20 tables
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    25 November 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass