Do Fathers Matter?

Do Fathers Matter?

What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked

Book - 2014 | First edition
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An award-winning journalist and father of five discusses the various stages of fatherhood, revealing the profound physiological connections between children and fathers, from conception through adolescence and into adulthood--and the importance of the relationship between mothers and fathers. In the process, he challenges the legacy of Freud and mainstream views of parental attachment, and also explains how we can become better parents ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374141042
Branch Call Number: 155.924 RAEBURN
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 22, 2015

Not a very useful book for fathers looking for advice.

Oct 23, 2014

I was extremely disappointed in this book. I expected the book to present a strong argument on why having children grow up with their father is important. I expected human research and advice on what father's can do to have a more positive impact on their children. Instead, this book was mostly dedicated to explaining genetics, on why it is important to pick a healthy father. The author used scientific research done on mice to prove the genetic argument that it is not just the health of the mother that determines how a child will develop physically and emotionally, but the father's contributions are equally (if not in some cases more of a predictor) important. All I got out of this book is to make sure I pick a healthy sperm donor. The book barely talked about the effects or benefits of growing up with or without a father and the only thing that was mentioned that dads should do or the most important thing they can do is play with their children. That is great, but the book could have given even better advice than just that and spent less time proving that sperm matters and more on after the sperm has been given, what father's can do to help their children grow into healthy adults.

Samuel A Marcum Sep 05, 2014

Fantastic book! I recommend it for fathers, (eventual) fathers-to-be, and ...yes...mothers!

Raeburn writes accessibly and is very open with his personal views, but this all is done in a well formed manner with thorough thought and research. More authors should be so astute, studious and thorough in forming their work.


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