Academic journal article Fathering

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Academic journal article Fathering

From the Editor

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The mission of Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers is to publish high quality papers on fathers from a variety of disciplines. The second issue of Fathering contains four very different papers. David Jensen's paper, "Playful Fathering: The Burden and Promise of Horace Bushnell's Christian Nurture," is an example of the journal's interdisciplinary commitment. Dr. Jensen provides a critical analysis of a classic text that has had a profound influence on American religious thought and practice. As the author states, scholars have written extensively about Bushnell's understanding of children, families, and motherhood, but no scholars have addressed his conception of fatherhood.

Beaton, Doherty, and Rueter address an important and understudied aspect of fathering--the relationship between expectant fathers' family of origin experiences and their current attitudes about father involvement. They extend the work of previous researchers by examining fathers' experiences of closeness with their own fathers and mothers, perceptions of their father's parenting competence, and perceptions of their parents' marital relationships. The authors' findings suggest a complex pattern of relationships between intergenerational variables and current attitudes about fathering.

Maurer, Pleck, and Rane's paper addresses methodological issues in measuring paternal identity. As the authors state, most studies examine paternal involvement or behavior. …

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