This book is the first of its kind to focus specifically on children’s attachment to fathers, and explores the connections among fathering, family dynamics, and attachment relationships. It includes theoretical, methodological and research reports written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers from around the globe. The purpose of this book is to familiarize the reader with the conceptualization, measurement and provisions of the attachment bond between children and their fathers, from infancy through young adulthood and across diverse individual, family, community, and cultural systems. Recent empirical findings suggest that new methods of measuring child-father attachment are warranted, and that attachment to fathers may be unique from, but complementary to attachment to mothers. These findings also suggest that attachment to fathers uniquely predicts children’s healthy developmental outcomes, and these findings are robust across various contexts, but these predictive relationships are best understood within context.
This book provides a summary of current scholarly knowledge of fathering and attachment, and describes future directions to be explored by professionals, policy makers and practitioners within family services, education, and social work settings. It is also of interest to the general public.
This book was published as a special issue of Early Child Development and Care.
Table of Contents
Editorial: New directions in father attachment Harry Freeman, Lisa Newland and Diana Coyl 1. Fathers in attachment research: A Review - Inge Bretherton 2. Fathers’ role as attachment figures: An interview with Sir Richard Bowlby - Lisa Newland and Diana Coyl 3. The Risky Situation: A procedure for assessing the father-child activation relationship - Daniel Paquette and Marc Bigras 4. Fathers’ frightening and sensitive infant caregiving: Relations with fathers’ attachment representations, father-infant attachment, and children’s later development of emotion regulation and attention problem - Nancy Hazen, Laura McFarland, Deborah Jacobvitz and Erin Boyd-Soisson 5. Q Methodology to assess father–child attachment - Aesha John and Amy Halliburton 6. Intersubjectivity during free infant-father "protoconversation" and within "protoconversation" pauses - Theano Kokkinaki 7. Positive aspects of fathering and mothering, and children's attachment in kindergarten - Melissa R.W. George, E. Mark Cummings and Patrick T. Davies 8. Observed and reported supportive coparenting as predictors of infant-mother and infant-father attachment security - Geoffrey Brown, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Sarah Mangelsdorf and Cynthia Neff 9. Narrative structure and emotional references in parent-child reminiscing: Associations with child gender, temperament, and the quality of parent-child interactions - Kelly Bost, Eunsil Choi, and Maria Wong 10. Paternal attachment, parenting beliefs, and children’s attachment - Kimberly Howard 11. Fathering and attachment in the U.S. and Taiwan: Contextual predictors and child outcomes - Lisa Newland, Diana Coyl and Hui Hua Chen 12. Gender and cultural patterns of mothers’ and fathers’ attachment and links with children’s self competence, depression and loneliness in middle and late childhood - María Cristina Richaud de Minzi 13. Perceptions of maternal and paternal attachment security in middle childhood: Links with positive parental affection and psychosocial adjustment - D. Michiels, H. Grietens, P. Onghena, and S. Kuppens 14. Mapping young adults’ use of fathers for attachment support: Implications on romantic relationship experiences - Harry Freeman and Tasha Reiser 15. Nurturing Fathers: A Qualitative Examination of Child-Father Attachment - Todd Goodsell and Jaren Meldrum
Lisa A. Newland is a professor of educational psychology in the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education at the University of South Dakota. She teaches courses in child development, statistics, research methods, and child assessment. Her research interests include parent-child relationships and developmental outcomes from infancy to adolescence, fathering and co-parenting, and interactions between home and school settings.
Harry S. Freeman is a professor of educational psychology in the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education at the University of South Dakota. He teaches courses in child and adolescent development, interdisciplinary education, and research methods. His research interests include attachment in parent-child and romantic relationships, and links between these adolescent social worlds.
Diana D. Coyl is an associate professor of child development in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University at Chico. She teaches courses in school-age and adolescent development, family relations, research methods and statistics. Her research interests include attachment relationships across the lifespan, adolescent identity development, couple relations and parent-child relationships.