Academic journal article Fathering

Editorial

Academic journal article Fathering

Editorial

Article excerpt

As Fathering has grown in its prominence and scope as a leading academic journal over the last decade, so has research on the scholarship on fathers and fathering. As most of you already know, there has been a shift from documenting levels of paternal involvement in different family constellations to studying the connections between qualitative dimensions of paternal involvement and health, social, and cognitive outcomes. In this regard, our conceptual models, frameworks, and analytic techniques have become more complex and multidimensional. There has also been more attention to fathers in diverse cultural settings, no doubt a response to calls within cultural developmental science to focus on a pan-human or pan-cultural understanding of the influence of fathers on human development. A preliminary benefit of the latter efforts, in the words of John Berry, the prominent cross-cultural psychologist, is greater scientific acculturation and integration of information from different regions of the world and from diverse ethnic groups within plural societies such as the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and England. In the long-run, this will enable us to identify processes in fathering and developmental pathways that are universal from those that may be more culture-specific--strengthening theory building and scientific approaches to studying diverse groups of fathers.

As it enters its second decade of publishing papers on fathers, Fathering is firmly planted in the notion that the complex and interrelated dimensions of fatherhood can best be understood with scientific input from multiple disciplines, using multiple methods of inquiry and analytic techniques. …

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