Preparation for Fatherhood

Dreams of Transition
  • Mary Beth M. Cresci


In the past decade the psychoanalytic literature has shown a remarkable proliferation of articles on the topic of fatherhood, both in terms of a father’s importance in his children’s lives and in terms of fatherhood as an important developmental epoch in a man’s life. Most likely, the professional interest in the topic has been spurred by the social changes that have so dramatically affected family life in the past 20 years. The feminist movement, changing work patterns for women, improved methods of birth control, and the higher incidence of divorce have conspired in various ways to influence both the decision to have children and the style of parenting in our homes today. The recognition that these changes have affected men as well as women, fathers as well as mothers, has caused scientists to reexamine their previous assumption that “parenting” was in many ways synonymous with “mothering:’ The result has been a much closer look at how men approach fatherhood and choose a fathering style.


Stone Wall Great Expectation Standard Edition Oedipus Complex Psychoanalytic Literature 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Beth M. Cresci
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.The Psychoanalytic InstitutePostgraduate Center for Mental HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn Institute for PsychotherapyBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.National Institute for the PsychotherapiesNew YorkUSA

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