Fathers and Families: Risk and Resilience. An Introduction

Hiram E. Fitzgerald, Lara R. Robinson, Natasha Cabrera, Leonie Segal

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The articles in this special issue are informed by the historic changes in the twentieth century (i.e., decreasing family size, changing family roles, and youth demonstrating more independent behaviors) that propelled intensive study of fathers’ impacts on child development. The papers are conceptualized within a developmental systems framework and focused on a father’s presence rather than on his absence in the family, going beyond the study of merely father involvement. Papers reflect longitudinal and cross-sectional methods and examine issues related to paternal mental health, parenting behavior, cultural context, and children’s physical and mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalAdversity and Resilience Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Expectant fathers
  • Familism
  • Fathers
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Maternal essentialism
  • Parental mental health problems
  • Parenting stress
  • Paternal alcoholism
  • Paternal resilience
  • Resilience
  • Risk
  • Systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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