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Author Marsiglio, William.
Title Nurturing dads : social initiatives for contemporary fatherhood / William Marsiglio and Kevin Roy.
Published New York : Russell Sage Foundation, c2012.
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 Floor3  HQ756 .M3447 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xix, 290 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series American Sociological Association's Rose series in sociology
Rose series in sociology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The landscape -- Constructing meanings -- Building and sustaining bonds -- Negotiating trust as partners and parents -- Kin work and networks of care -- Community connections -- Transitions and human capital -- Promoting nurturance.
Summary American fathers are a highly diverse group, but the breadwinning, live-in, biological dad prevails as the fatherhood ideal. Consequently, policymakers continue to emphasize marriage and residency over initiatives that might help foster healthy father-child relationships and creative co-parenting regardless of marital or residential status. In Nurturing Dads, William Marsiglio and Kevin Roy explore the ways new initiatives can address the social, cultural, and economic challenges men face in contemporary families and foster more meaningful engagement between many different kinds of fathers and their children. What makes a good father? The firsthand accounts in Nurturing Dads show that the answer to this question varies widely and in ways that counter the mainstream--provide and reside--model of fatherhood. Marsiglio and Roy document the personal experiences of more than 300 men from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and diverse settings, including fathers-to-be, young adult fathers, middle-class dads, stepfathers, men with multiple children in separate families, and fathers in correctional facilities. They find that most dads express the desire to have strong, close relationships with their children and to develop the nurturing skills to maintain these bonds. But they also find that disadvantaged fathers, including young dads and those in constrained financial and personal circumstances, confront myriad structural obstacles, such as poverty, inadequate education, and poor job opportunities... -- Inside Book Flap.
Subject Fatherhood.
Fathers -- Psychology.
Father and child.
Related Names Roy, Kevin, 1966-
American Sociological Association.
ISBN 9780871545664 (alk. paper)
0871545667 (alk. paper)
OCLC number 754389886