ERIC Number: ED393557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
New Expectations: Community Strategies for Responsible Fatherhood.
Levine, James A.; Pitt, Edward W.
Recognizing that approaches to solutions for irresponsible fatherhood may be grounded in either our legal and economic systems or the moral climate--or both, this book focuses on what can be done to strengthen families and improve the lives of children by encouraging responsible fatherhood. The introduction describes a man who behaves responsibly toward his child and family as one who: (1) waits to have a baby until he is prepared emotionally and financially to support his child; (2) establishes his legal paternity if and when he does make a baby; (3) actively shares with the child's mother in the continuing emotional and physical care of their child, from pregnancy onward; and (4) shares with the child's mother in the continuing financial support of their child, from pregnancy onward. The introduction also outlines a strategic framework for responsible fatherhood which consists of prevention (of early fatherhood), preparation (for the legal, financial, and emotional responsibilities of fatherhood), establishment (of paternity), involvement (of fathers in childrearing, and the community's role in fostering involvement), and support (actively supporting fathers in their many roles). The three sections of the book, (1) "Rethinking Fatherhood," (2) "Community Strategies," and (3) "Resources," elaborate on these themes. Contains approximately 250 references. (DR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Rearing, Child Support, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Community Role, Early Parenthood, Family Life, Family Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Father Attitudes, Fathers, Legal Responsibility, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Social Responsibility
Families and Work Institute, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ($22 plus $3.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Paternity Establishment