The understanding and study of fathers has traditionally assumed that fathers, compared to mothers, are less involved with their children. Originally published in 1997 Fathers and Adolescents presents a different approach that focuses on the distinctive role of fathers in the lives of their adolescents, especially in their role in adolescents’ attainment of developmental tasks.
Drawing on a variety of disciplines, the authors’ examine the relationships of fathers to their adolescents in the context of a changing society. They find that fathers interact in ways that are different from those of mothers, but that are important for both normal and disturbed adolescent development. Psychopathological, aggressive and incestuous behaviour is considered as well as the role of the father in more ideal circumstances.
Drawing on the authors’ wealth of clinical experience, this title will still be an important resource for all professionals working with adolescents, as well as those in research.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Fatherhood 2. Adolescent Development and Fathers 3. Fathers and Adolescents’ Developmental Tasks 4. The Father–Son Relationship 5. The Father–Daughter Relationship 6. Custodial and Non-Custodial Fathers 7. Adolescents and their Stepfathers 8. Adolescents’ Chronic Illness and Father–Adolescent Relationships 9. Fathers and Adolescent Psychopathology 10. Father–Adolescent Relationships and Aggression 11. Incestuous Relationships 12. Conclusions. Fatherhood: Personal and Relational Perspectives. Bibliography. Index.