Throwaway Dads: The Myths and Barriers that Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to be

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 252 pages
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Are fathers really important? Of course they are. Yet we as a society have wittingly and unwittingly built nearly insurmountable barriers that restrict men's involvement with their children and families. In Throwaway Dads, a noted researcher on fatherhood and a leading author on the art of being a father explode the myths of neglectful, uninterested, abusive, deadbeat, and lazy dads with real-life studies and statistics. They explain why the largely negative portrayal of fathers in books, movies, and on television is both inaccurate and harmful, training young boys and girls to see men as having little or no role in the family. They also examine in balanced fashion the dubious achievements of both the men's and women's movements in reevaluating the roles of both sexes. Complete with proposals for steps that men, women, employers, the medical community, the media, and the government can take to promote men's involvement in their children's lives, Ross Parke and Armin Brott offer a comprehensive look at how our entire society can experience the benefits and joys of active fatherhood.
 

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THROWAWAY DADS: The Myths and Barriers That Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to Be

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A wide-ranging, cool-headed response to the current predilection for dissing all the dads. Although the tide may be turning, there is still a strong tendency in the media and elsewhere to blame ... Read full review

Throwaway dads: the myths and barriers that keep men from being the fathers they want to be

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Psychologist Parke and Brott, the author of books like The Expectant Father, on making the most of fatherhood. Read full review

Contents

Do Fathers Really Matter?
3
The Biologically Unfit Father
17
The Dangerous Father
30
The Lazy Dad and the Deadbeat Dad
55
The Bumbling Father and the Useless Father
77
From Baby to Daddy
105
From Husband to Father
116
The Workplace
125
The Mens Movement
142
1o The Womens Movement
161
Where Do We Go from Here?
191
Index
245
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About the author (1999)

Ross Parke, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside, has more than thirty years of experience researching and writing about fatherhood. He lives in Riverside, California.

Armin Brott has written about fatherhood for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. He is the author of The Expectant Father, The New Father, and a Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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