Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Fathers in Families

  • Ryan A. McKelleyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_528

Name of Concept

Fathers in families


Fathers in families remain a complex and dynamic concept reflecting the variability and diversity of today’s family structures and changing roles and expectations for men as parents. At the same time that the historical narrative of fathers as breadwinners and heads of married households has expanded to include single fathers, gay fathers, and at-home fathers, new generations of men are experiencing changing expectations in father involvement. While still spending less time than mothers across many household and family tasks, time-use studies show that fathers today spend significantly more time with direct child care than previous generations. Still, many fathers report a perceived deficit in their skills for effective parenting, particularly men who grew up with insufficient role modeling or hands-on experiences providing child care. It is important to note, however, that while many men may lack the experience and more formal training...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA