Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society
The American family is changing. Divorce, single parents, and stepfamilies are redefining the way we live together and raise our children. Is this a change for the worse? David Popenoe sets out the case for fatherhood and the two-parent family as the best arrangement for ensuring the well-being and future development of children.
His argument has two critical assumptions, which he supports with evidence from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, and history. The first is that children flourish best when raised by a father and a mother with their differing psychological and behavioral traits. The second is that marriage, which serves to hold fathers to the mother-child bond, is an institution we must strengthen if the decline of fatherhood is to be reversed.
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LIFE WITHOUT FATHER: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage Are Indispensable for the Good of Children and SocietyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The ``massive erosion'' in the role of the father is to blame for drug abuse, violence, depression, and juvenile delinquency, according to Popenoe (Sociology/Rutgers Univ.), and nothing can substitute ... Read full review
Life without father: compelling new evidence that fatherhood and marriage are indispensable for the good of children and societyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Popenoe follows in the footsteps of David Blankenhorne's Fatherless America (LJ 1/95) with this second major study of American fatherhood. The author, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University ... Read full review
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