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- DescriptionThe American family is changing. Divorce, single parents, and stepfamilies are redefi ning the ways we live together and raise our children. Many experts feel these seemingly inevitable changes should be celebrated; they claim that the new families, which often lack a strong father, are actually healthier than traditional two-parent families-or, at the very least, do children harm. But as David Popee shows in Families Without Fathers this optimistic view is severely misguided. Examining evidence from social and behavioral science, history, and evolutionary biology, Popee shows why fathers today are deserting their families in record numbers. The disintegration of the child-centered, two parent family-especially in the inner cities, where as many as two in three children are growing up without their fathers-and the weakening commitment of fathers to their children that more and more follows divorce, are central causes of many of our worst individual and social problems. Juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, welfare dependency, and child poverty can be directly traced to fathers' lack of involvement in their children's lives. Our situation will only get worse, Popee warns, unless men are willing to renew their commitment to their marriages and to their children. Yet he is t just an alarmist. He suggests concrete policies, and new ways of thinking and acting that will help all fathers improve their marriages and family lives, and tells us what we as individuals and as a society can do to support and strengthen the most important thing a man can do.
- Author BiographyDavid Popenoe is professor of sociology emeritus and co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, and as co-chair of the Council on Families in America, he was the primary author of its pioneering 1995 report Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation.
- Author(s)David Popenoe
- PublisherTransaction Publishers
- Date of Publication30/05/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationSomerset, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTransaction Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight540 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Introduction byDavid Popenoe
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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