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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Supporting Fathers’ Engagement with Their Kids

Supporting Fathers’ Engagement with Their Kids

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Raising Children

Philip A. Cowan

Carolyn Pape Cowan

Nancy Cohen

Marsha Kline Pruett

Kyle Pruett

Oxford University Press

Although fathers' involvement is a critical factor in the well-being and development of children, today fathers are less involved than they used to be. This chapter looks at how fathers' positive relationships with children foster their children's well-being, and what facilitates and interferes with such relationships. Reviewing the research on a range of programs that attempt to encourage responsible fatherhood, this chapter recommends a program approach based on a family systems model, which places the couple's relationship at the center of the intervention. To promote fathers' engagement, basic principles and strategies are identified for designing interventions, which address five central domains of a family systems model. In addition to its focus on the couple's relationship and co-parenting, the five domains of this model include building on men's strengths as individuals, promoting the quality of father-child relationships, bringing intergenerational relationships into the picture, and attending to stresses and supports outside the family.

Keywords:   family systems, father involvement, co-parenting, prevention, fatherhood interventions, child development

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