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2nd Edition

Father-Daughter Relationships
Contemporary Research and Issues

ISBN 9780367232870
Published June 25, 2019 by Routledge
246 Pages

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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

Maternal instinct

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

Financial stress
Stress on parents’ relationship

Emotional stress: postpartum depression

Quality of the parent-child relationship
Daughters’ impact on their fathers

Chapter Three

The Father’s impact: Cognitive, academic, vocational, social and emotional
Cognitive development

Infancy through preschool

Childhood through early adulthood

Vocational development
Social relationships: Peers and teachers

Sexual behavior, romantic relationships and marriage

Depression and suicide

Identify and individuation

Chapter four

The father’s impact: The daughter’s physical well-being

Premature baby care

Adequate Sleep

Physical reactions to stress

Physical activity and sports

Eating disorders

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

Teenage pregnancy
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

Psychoanalytic theories

Attachment theory

Family systems theory

Closeness, communication and conflict with mothers versus fathers

Love versus closeness and communication

Maternal gate-keeping

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
Maternal gatekeeping

Parental alienation

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

Immigrant families

Chapter Eight: Destructive or Challenging Father-Daughter Relationships

Impoverished, single mother families
Incarcerated Fathers
Alcoholic fathers

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

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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.


#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