The Abrading of the American Father

  • Wade C. Mackey
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


A necessary, if not sufficient, precondition for successful fathering to occur, by virtually any definition, is the sheer physical ongoing presence of the man with his child. A number of social vectors have recently occurred in the United States that militate against the joint association between the father and his child. If a man is systematically precluded from being with his child or children, then it is hard to imagine that the man will become an effective social father. He has to be there.


Labor Force Head Start Divorce Rate Biological Father Minor Child 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wade C. Mackey
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  1. 1.Southeastern Community CollegeWest BurlingtonUSA

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