Title

Father Absence, Mother Love, and Other Family Issues That Need to be Questioned

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1993

Keywords

primate research & sociobiological theory's perspective on fatherhood & involvement in child care, implications for family politics & social policy, commentary

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1037/0893-3200.7.3.293

Abstract

Additional information is added to L. B. Silverstein's (see record 1994-17264-001) article regarding human fathers' involvement with their children. It is argued that the "cad–dad" dichotomy should be conceptualized as a continuum to reflect the varying degrees of paternal involvement with children in a variety of family constellations. In addition, H. F. Harlow's (1958) classic research on contact comfort is discussed in relation to misrepresentation of research results on the basis of historical context. Finally, suggestions are provided to expand the reciprocity hypothesis in humans to include other benefits from family involvement, such as emotional connectedness and personal satisfaction from sharing with others.

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Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Family Psychology, v. 7, issue 3, p. 293-300

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