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Throwaway Dads: The Myths and Barriers That Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to Be Hardcover – Dec 28 1998


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Dec 28 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395860415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395860410
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would seem that a more balanced perception of the institution of fatherhood is needed in the 21st century.
There is an apparent general tendency within our society to view the role of fathers in the upbringing of their children as either useless or irrelevant.
Stereotypes such as lazy, deadbeat, dangerous, bumbling or even biologically unfit are rampant within the print media as well as television.
Unfortunately, these myths all have a lasting influential effect as to how children and parents view fatherhood. There are also barriers, some subtle, some blatant, that hinder fathers from taking more of an active participation in the upbringing of their children. To put it bluntly, "the cards are stacked against fathers."
University of California at Riverside psychology professor Ross D. Parke and veteran journalist Armin A. Brott have teamed up to debunk many of these falsehoods in their probing book Throwaway Dads: The Myths and Barriers That Keep Men From Being the Fathers They Want To Be
As a result of the immense research and study the authors have devoted to the subject matter, the book presents some very convincing arguments that counter many of the accepted allegations that are propagated by various so called experts.
Startling revelations that are seldom presented in the media seem to indicate that even many professionals such as social workers, lawyers, therapists, medical doctors and investigators contribute to some of the unfair actions that are directed towards fathers. Very often the onus is on men to prove their parental fitness, whereas in the case of women it is presumed. This is particularly evident in cases of child custody.
The authors offer solutions to resolve some of the issues.
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By A Customer on Sept. 25 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is an incredible affirmation of what fathering can truly be.
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In my time of need, this book opened my eyes to what society really thinks of divorced and single dads. I knew, after reading this book, that it wasn't anything I was or wasn't doing; it was simply the way the system works. I thank these two wonderful authors for their time and effort in researching and writing a book that I will never give away. Thank you so much for confirming that I am the good father I knew I was.
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