Fathers have been neglected in research and clinical writings that relate to children's psychological maladjustment. There has been a strong tendency to "blame" mothers for their children's emotional and behavioural problems, combined with a tendency to ignore fathers' contributions to their children's maladjustment. "Fathers and Developmental Psychopharmacology" presents current theory, research and clinical issues related to fathers and developmental psychopathology. The book is the first of its kind to focus on the empirical findings related to fathers and developmental psychopathology. It provides a thorough review of the empirical literature, and a clear outline of future steps needed in research and clinical practice. Another feature of the book is the inclusion of a chapter on research and methodological issues in conducting research with fathers. This might be considered a "how to" chapter and it provides an applied focus to the book. After reading this book, researchers should be better equipped to conduct research on fathers and developmental psychopathology and clinicians should have a better understanding of the roles of fathers in their clients lives.
Table of Contents
WHO ARE FATHERS THESE DAYS? Demographics and Trends. Fathers and Normative Development. WHY STUDY FATHERS AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY? Mother Blaming. Models and Theories of Developmental Psychopathology. WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT FATHERS AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY? Referred Children and Characteristics of Their Fathers. Referred Fathers and Characteristics of Their Children. Nonreferred Fathers and Children. HOW SHOULD INVESTIGATORS STUDY FATHERS AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY? Methodological Issues and Research Hints. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Future Directions in Therapy. Future Directions in Research. References. Indexes.
VICKY PHARES, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida. She earned a BA in psychology, with a specialization in Women's Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with a focus on child and family, from the University of Vermont. After completing her clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Phares served on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Since 1992, she has taught, supervised, and conducted research at the University of South Florida. Dr. Phares received a FIRST Award from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate paternal and maternal depression and adolescent functioning.