Fathering at Risk: Helping Non-residential Fathers

Fathering at Risk: Helping Non-residential Fathers

By: James Dudley (author), Glenn Stone (author)Hardback

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This book profiles three groups of nonresidential fathers - teens, older fathers, and unmarried or divorced fathers. It promotes a fuller understanding of their problems, and offers an array of strategies for involving them in their children's lives. Utilizing a strengths perspective, the authors move beyond the realm of theory to present specific intervention strategies that have helped many diverse groups of fathers and potential fathers. Throughout, case examples illustrate key program issues. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter and reflection questions throughout promote integration of key concepts. A resource section is included with contact information for various fathering programs, other relevant resources, and a website directory.

About Author

James R. Dudley, PhD, is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously he was on the faculty of the School of Social Administration at Temple University. He teaches in the areas of social work practice with families and groups, and research and program evaluation. He has conducted studies focusing on divorced fathers in the Philadelphia area and family-supportive policies of employers in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has published several articles and book chapters on fathering issues. His family-related professional work has included the Fathers Center in the Philadelphia Society to Protect Children, the Philadelphia School System, and the Tressler Lutheran Services for Families in Harrisburg, PA. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and is a consulting editor for Family Relations, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work; Professional Development; and Religion, Disabilities, and Health. He has one son, Eric, whom he raised since the age of six in a successful joint residential custody arrangement. He is also the very proud grandfather of 2-year-old twin girls and a new baby boy.||Glenn Stone, PhD, is an assistant professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Previously he was on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Indiana University. He teaches in the areas of social work practice, research methods, and the changing role of men in families. He has been involved in conducting research on nonresidential fathers and their children. He has also taken part in research on the effectiveness of divorce-education workshops. He recently completed an evaluation project focusing on the programs instituted under the Indiana Restoring Fatherhood Initiative. He has published articles on divorce and on nonresidential fathers. His professional work includes practicing for nearly 10 years as a martial and family therapist. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ohio and is a consulting editor for The Journal of Genetic Psychology and Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs. He is a member of the Practice Commission for the Council on Social Work Education. He is also the father of two daughters, Cara, 10, and Julia, 6, who have taught him much about parenting. They are very patient instructors.


Part I Understanding fathering-at-risk: what is the "problem" for fathers?; introduction to three groups of nonresidential fathers; the case for fathering - what we know and hope for. Part II What we can do - an introduction: principles and strategies for promoting effective fathering. Part III Professional practice considerations in work with fathers-at-risk: assessment issues for practice with nonresidential fathers; individual, family and group services with nonresidential fathers. Part IV Policies and programmes to assist fathers-at-risk: a place to begin - conducting a community needs assessment; policy initiatives that support active fathering; programmes for preparing teenagers for fatherhood; programmes for older unmarried nonresidential fathers; post-divorce educational strategies; mediating cooperative co-parenting agreements. Endnote: visioning a future for fathering. Appendices: programme and website directory.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826114181
  • Format: Hardback
  • ID: 9780826114181
  • ISBN10: 0826114180

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