Fathers, Role in Families and Education

The role of fathers in U.S. families has historically been characterized by change and ambivalence. The evolution toward fathers becoming fully involved, equal partners alongside mothers in families and in their children's lives has been characterized by slow and uneven progress. This entry focuses on fathers' roles in families and education by providing a brief social history of fatherhood in the United States and a discussion of the relationship between fatherhood and children's well-being from the research literature, including a look at fathers' direct involvement in education.

U.S. Fatherhood in Social and Historical Context

The story of the role of U.S. fathers in families and education cannot be told without attention to important and interrelated economic, cultural, and demographic changes that have occurred in the United States ...

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