Shifting marriage and divorce patterns, transformation in the workplace, the growth of the women's movement and the development of the men's movement, all these social and cultural changes have changed fathers' traditional family roles and forced a reexamination of how fathers and children interact. Progress in this new understanding of fathers is highlighted in Fatherhood, a volume of empirical and theoretical research on fathers in families. The research pieces, written by such well-known scholars as Furstenberg, Seltzer, and Greif, examine differences in culture, class, nationality, and custodial status. The chapters focus on legal, economic, and policy questions, as well as on the interaction between fathers and children within the family. Some of the topics explored are fathers' involvement in child care, fathering in the inner city, and single fathers who have custody of their children. Fatherhood is the most current assessment of our research base on fatherhood available for professional, scholarly, and classroom use and is important reading for those interested in men's studies, family studies, gender studies, sociology, psychology, and social work.
Chapter 9: What Fathers Say about Involvement with Children after Separation
Divorce, like marriage, comes in two varieties—his and hers (Bernard, 1972/1978). Even more than within marriage, where they share their children and financial resources, men's and women's experiences of separation and divorce differ. Children are more likely to live with their mothers than their fathers after marital disruption (Maccoby, Depner, [Page 167]& Mnookin, 1988; Seltzer, 1990; Sweet & Bumpass, 1987). In part because their children do not live with them, fathers fare better economically than mothers (Garfinkel & McLanahan, 1986). Despite the clear differences in fathers' and mothers' experiences of divorce, most knowledge of parenting and children's welfare after separation comes from resident mothers' reports. This is ...