Poppa Psychology: The Role of Fathers in Children's Mental Well-Being

Poppa Psychology: The Role of Fathers in Children's Mental Well-Being

Poppa Psychology: The Role of Fathers in Children's Mental Well-Being

Poppa Psychology: The Role of Fathers in Children's Mental Well-Being

Synopsis

Many people seem to be searching for answers to help explain their past, understand their current way of being, and create a happier, more satisfying future. It is the current trend to blame mothers for such emotional problems. "Poppa" Psychology calls into question this habit of blaming mothers, and focuses, instead, on the father-child relationship. Regardless of whether the father is present or absent, his actions will have a direct influence on the child's development. This book focuses on the ramifications of the father-child relationship and its effects on the child-turned-adult.

Excerpt

I became intrigued with the study of fathers (or more correctly, the lac of study of fathers) when I was an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since that time, a wealth of information has been established through intensive research projects and clinical investigations. Yet there is still much that we do not understand about fathers. This book is an attempt to summarize what we do know and to help call for more investigation into what we don't know. It will, I hope, inform readers on a personal level as well as on an intellectual level.

Personally and professionally I have been lucky enough to have been surrounded by people who have served as great role models. My parents, Bill and Rita Phares, provided a strong and stable family from which we all could grow. My siblings, Bill, Julie, Rita, and my siblingsin-law, Mary and D.J., have all helped me to see the many ways in which families can flourish over the years. My nieces and nephews, Holly, Timothy, Jeremy, Nakieta, Talisa, and Abby (!), have confirmed for me that the next generation will be even better than preceding generations. My graduate students have taught me more about dedication and commitment (as well as the current fashion trends) . . .

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