In recent years, scholars have paid considerable attention to the role of the father, providing evidence for potentially significant paternal contributions to child development and family life (Lamb, 1981; Yogman, 1981). Wolins (see Chapter 7), going beyond the usual micro level analysis of parent-child interac- tion and its effects, provides a broader perspective in which the father is viewed as an asset to the psychological, physical, and economic situation of the family. Others have studied father-absent families in order to assess the father’s signifi- cance (e.g., Hetherington and Deur, 1972). There is also a growing body of knowledge showing that increased paternal involvement in child rearing contrib- utes to the well being of both father and family (Heath, 1978; Radin, 1982; Russell, 1982; Sagi, 1982).
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