"This is a day and age of diminished presence of the nuclear family, a high incidence of divorce, multiple diverse family arrangements, an increase in single-parent families, and an abundance of childhood distress. Absent fathers are ubiquitous. It has become urgent, demanding, pressing that we understand the father's contribution and what is lost in his absence. It requires our immediate and most serious attention." -Ruth M.S. Fischer
Salman Akhtar, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Henri Parens is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Chapter 1 Fathers History and Psychoanalysis Chapter 2 Father Hunger: Fighting and Coexistence Chapter 3 Making a Case for Father Hunger in Girls Chapter 4 Fathers and Young Children: Longitudinal Lessons on Autonomy, Gatekeeping, Overnights, Etc Chapter 5 Further Thoughts on The Role of Fathers in Psychic Development Chapter 6 Celluloid Fathers: The Depiction of Paternal Function in Some Recent Movies Chapter 7 The Failures of Paternal Function and Their Compensations Chapter 8 The Experience of Becoming and Being a New Father Chapter 9 The Baby as a Transference Object for the Father Chapter 10 What Is the Father to the Child?