In this fully revised new edition, Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research and Issues summarises and analyses the most relevant research regarding father-daughter relationships, aiming to break down the persistent misconceptions regarding fatherhood and father-daughter relationships and encourage the reader to take a more objective and analytical approach.
The research is brought to life with compelling personal stories from fathers and daughters, including well-known celebrities and politicians. Boxed quizzes and questionnaires show students how the research can be applied to their own lives while others highlight the relationships between real-life fathers and daughters. Nielsen discusses the father-daughter relationship within a diverse range of family structures, including divorced and separated parents, gay parents, adopted children and children of sperm donors. Covering a wide range of topics, including the father’s impact on his daughter’s cognitive, academic, social and physical wellbeing, ethnic minorities, and incarcerated or abusive fathers, Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research and Issues gives panoramic view of the most recent research and statistics.
This book is essential reading for upper level undergraduate and for graduate students, as well as for practitioners working with families, such as social workers, mental health professionals and family counsellors. It is especially relevant for courses in psychology, sociology, women’s studies, and counselling.
Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University. A member of the faculty for 35 years, she is a nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Fathers, facts and fictions
What’s a woozle?
How are woozles born and raised?
How our memories and cognitive processing deceive us
The most damaging woozles
The female brain: hardwired for mothering
Babies’ primary bond with their mothers
The stronger impact of mothers
Mother’s superior parenting style
Female empathy and communication
Childcare: Second shift moms and shiftless dads
Physically abusive and murderous fathers
Chapter Two : Fathers and Fatherhood
Ignoring, dismissing or demeaning fathers
Social science research
Children’s literature and films
Media and advertising
Medical and mental health professionals
Constraints on fathering time: Work
American paternity leave policies
Does income trump good fathering?
What is "good" fathering?
Fathering scales and questionnaires
How fatherhood changes men
Stress on parents’ relationship
Emotional stress: postpartum depression
Quality of the parent-child relationship
Daughters’ impact on their fathers
The Father’s impact: Cognitive, academic, vocational, social and emotional
Infancy through preschool
Childhood through early adulthood
Social relationships: Peers and teachers
Sexual behavior, romantic relationships and marriage
Depression and suicide
Identify and individuation
The father’s impact: The daughter’s physical well-being
Premature baby care
Physical reactions to stress
Physical activity and sports
Overview of teenage and young adult substance us
Daughters’ teenage and young adult drinking
Daughters’ smoking and vaping
Daughters’ marijuana use
Daughter’s opioid use
Sexual behavior: Impact on physical health
Sexually transmitted diseases
Dating aggression and rape
The father’s impact on sexual health risks
Chapter Five – The mother’s impact on father-daughter relationships
Family systems theory
Closeness, communication and conflict with mothers versus fathers
Love versus closeness and communication
Quality of the co-parenting relationship
Quality of the parents’ relationship and parenting stress
Chapter Six - Divorced or separated fathers and their daughters
The relationships at greatest risk
Impact of parental separation on daughters
Damaging beliefs: Divorce woozles
Shared versus sole physical custody
Parents’ damaging disclosures
Enmeshment and role reversals
Remarriage and blended families
Chapter Seven : Fathers and daughters in minority families
Socio-economic differences among minorities
Colorism: Impact on daughters and the father’s role
African American families
Hispanic American families
Asian American families
Native American families
Chapter Eight: Destructive or Challenging Father-Daughter Relationships
Impoverished, single mother families
Drug addicted fathers: The opioid epidemic
Sexually abusive fathers
Fathers in the military
Single fathers raising daughters
Gay or bisexual fathers
Lesbian or bisexual daughters
Daughters of sperm donors
Fathers with chronic or fatal illnesses
Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University (US). A member of the faculty for 35 years, she is a nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships.
Featured Author Profiles
#9 choice in best fatherhood books for 2020, Book Authority: https://bookauthority.org/books/new-fatherhood-books
This book provides a very readable and engaging review of the scholarly literature on father-daughter relationships. This new edition brings to life the most recent research and scholarship and is certain to intrigue and excite students, teachers, and clinicians striving to understand how father-child relationships can enhance or impede the well-being of girls and women. The presentation is enlivened by illustrative comments by fathers and daughters about their own relationships.
Michael E. Lamb, Psychology Professor, University of Cambridge, President of Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association. Editor of The Role of the Father in Child Development
An astonishing breadth of scholarship that captures the current state of knowledge and presents it in a crisp, clear, and entertaining format. Essential for courses on child development, this book is also an indispensable resource for professionals who work with families. Nielsen illustrates the implications and applications of research with captivating examples from Barbie dolls to Super Bowl ads, making the book appealing to anyone interested in the vital role that a father occupies in his daughter’s development.
Richard A. Warshak, Ph. D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Author of Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing
This extraordinary book is destined to become a classic. It should be on every family scholar’s bookshelf. Nielsen tackles a massive amount of data to make a major contribution to our understanding of father-daughter relationships. A key strength is the way Nielsen brings current research to bear on a plethora of "woozles"— widely-believed, but inaccurate beliefs about fathering. Her scope reaches far beyond white middle-class families to include ethnic minorities, gay, divorced and single-parent fathers, and fathers impacted by incarceration, poverty, substance abuse, and chronic illness.
Patricia Papernow, Ed.D. American Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year, Division of Couples & Family Counseling. Author of Surviving & Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships