Father Involvement in Young Children’s Lives

A Global Analysis

  • Jyotsna Pattnaik

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Jyotsna Pattnaik
    Pages 1-9
  3. Father Involvement: General Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Glen Palm
      Pages 13-29
  4. Contexts Within the United States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Kevin J. Swick
      Pages 31-43
    3. Dana Berkowitz, Katherine A. Kuvalanka
      Pages 89-106
    4. Michael E. Roettger, Raymond R. Swisher
      Pages 107-122
    5. Jyotsna Pattnaik, Christina Medeiros
      Pages 123-151
    6. Hedda Meadan, Howard P. Parette, Sharon Doubet
      Pages 153-167
  5. International Contexs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Beatrice S. Fennimore
      Pages 169-179
    3. Jessica Ball
      Pages 201-223
    4. Paul Callister, Lindy Fursman
      Pages 225-240
    5. Jeremiah Chikovore, Tawanda Makusha, Linda Richter
      Pages 261-278
    6. Rajalakshmi Sriram, Prachee Navalkar
      Pages 279-300
    7. Zhonghe Wu, Song A. An, Shuhua An
      Pages 301-316
    8. Michelle Henault Morrone, Yumi Matsuyama
      Pages 317-327
    9. Hsiu-Zu Ho, Chu-Ting Ko, Connie N. Tran, Jessica M. Phillips, Wei-Wen Chen
      Pages 329-342
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 332-332

About this book


This vital addition to Springer’s ‘Educating the Young Child’ series addresses gaps in the literature on father involvement in the lives of young children, a topic with a fast-rising profile in today’s world of female breadwinners and single-parent households. While the significant body of theoretical understanding and empirical data accumulated in recent decades has done much to characterize the fluidity of evolving notions of fatherhood, the impact of this understanding on policy and legal frameworks has been uneven at an international level. In a field where groups of fathers were until recently marginalized in research, this book adopts a refreshingly inclusive attitude, aiming to motivate researchers to capture the nuanced practices of fathers in minority groups such as those who are homeless, gay, imprisoned, raising a disabled child, or from ethnically distinct backgrounds, including Mexican- and African-American fathers.

The volume includes chapters highlighting the unique challenges and possibilities of father involvement in their children’s early years of development. Contributing authors have integrated theories, research, policies, and programs on father involvement so as to attract readers with diverse interest and expertise, and material from selected countries in Asia, Australia, and Africa, as well as North America, evinces the international scope of their analysis. Their often interdisciplinary analyses draw, too, on historical and cultural legacies, even as they project a vision of the future in which fathers’ involvement in their young children’s lives develops alongside the changing political, economic and educational landscapes around the world.


care and education child care children's well-being cognitive development development and learning early childhood family studies fatherhood fathering men's roles parental leave policy preschool social competence women's labor force participation work-life balance

Editors and affiliations

  • Jyotsna Pattnaik
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Teacher EducationCalifornia State UniversityLong BeachUSA

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