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ERIC Number: ED261782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Pages: 22
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Men's Involvement in Fatherhood: Historical and Gender Issues.
Lewis, Charlie
The belief that fathers are becoming more involved in family life has filtered into psychological accounts of child and adult development. The "emergent" view recognizes the social changes which men are undergoing and claims that men are becoming more involved domestically. Yesterday's absentee father is being replaced by a man involved both practically and emotionally. The paper looks at this perspective and assesses whether any real increase in paternal involvement in domestic life can be measured. Two methods are used: (1) asking men to compare their own parenting roles with those of their fathers and (2) comparing data collected in studies on fathers in previous generations with that obtained in recent studies. Both methods involve methodological problems. Also a gap appears between fathers' descriptions of change and evidence to support their claims. Narrations of actual interviews with fathers are given, as well as tables summarizing the results. It is concluded that the emergent view of fathering is only supported by incidental evidence and that the key issue is not how involved men become in fatherhood, but rather which parent takes responsibility for the child. It can only be inferred that parenthood is different these days and that any comparisons between generations must take into account both the social context in which parenting takes place and the possible variations in paternal involvement over the life-span. (DST)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)