Placing Fatherhood Back in the Study and Treatment of Military Fathers

  • David S. DeGarmoEmail author
Part of the Risk and Resilience in Military and Veteran Families book series (RRMV)


This chapter argues that contemporary military fathers are best understood within a contextual family stress and social interaction learning model of parenting. The chapter begins with a review of father absence models, and their limitations, that have dominated historical research on military fathers. This milieu is then contrasted against contemporary fatherhood theory and research on father involvement, to better understand the contemporary demands and societal pressures for military fathers to effectively serve as distance fathers. The family stress model is then applied to discuss preventive intervention and treatment perspectives designed to promote healthy adjustment of military fathers and their family members. It is variation in individual differences in fathering behaviors, not the presence or absence of fathers that is central to research on military fathers.


Father Involvement Interparental Conflict Father Absence Military Family Nonresidential Father 
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  1. 1.Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and LeadershipPrevention Science Institute, Center for Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation, University of OregonEugeneUSA

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