The American Father

Biocultural and Developmental Aspects

  • Wade C. Mackey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  14. Back Matter
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About this book


In The American Father, Wade C. Mackey documents a wealth of infor­ mation demonstrating the vast benefits to society when its children are raised in families with fathers. The biopsychosocial approach Mackey in human employs is consistent with the current treatment of topics development. This approach-which is grounded in a variety of diverse sources-assumes that we understand little about people when we study them a bit at a time; rather, the fullness of the individual requires a fullness of examination. For example, in the cases of fathers, we note that humans do not reproduce alone; after all, we are not an asexual species. No, human reproduction and its sequelae are social, just as clearly as they are biological, and involve the whole panoply of psychic function (mo­ tivation, sociability, intelligence, and the like). The evidence marshaled by Mackey indicates strongly that indi­ viduals and societies have an essential requirement for something more than mothering; they also need fathering. Much of the discourse and publication on fathers during the past several decades has been posited on a "more is better" model of male parenting in which it is seldom stated who it is better for-the father, the child, the mother, the couple, or the family. Further, much of this discussion infers that fathers are merely "Mr. Moms"; yet this is not so.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Wade C. Mackey
    • 1
  1. 1.Southeastern Community CollegeWest BurlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0241-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0239-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-709X
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