Fathers in the 1990s

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


As the 1990s indefatigably continued toward the 21st century, a crisp dilemma has occurred on the American scene: What to do with U.S. fathers? Two very separate images were being generated (see Furstenberg’s 1988, pp. 193–218) Good Dads-Bad Dads: Two Faces of Fatherhood and Coolsen’s (1993) Half Full or Half Empty? for complementary discussions). One image was pleasant and congenial: the modern, caring, in touch-with-their-feelings men, many of whom, along the way, had somehow managed to view themselves as morally superior to their own fathers. The second image was anything but congenial: the Deadbeat dad. These were tacky, tawdry men who absconded from their wives and children with the family’s treasure. The good news will be examined first.


Child Abuse Child Support Biological Father Child Support Payment Traumatic Episode 
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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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