Father-Daughter Relationships

Contemporary Research & Issues

Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research & Issues

In this fully revised second edition, Nielsen summarizes the most recent research and provides a  panoramic view in a crisp, clear, engaging format. Written for college students and mental health professionals, the book breaks down the persistent misconceptions about fatherhood and father-daughter relationships.

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The book presents the most recent research and statistics on a wide array of families, including racial minorities, divorced parents, gay dads and lesbian daughters, immigrant and military families, and families affected by drug abuse, incarceration, poverty, and mental health issues. The book addresses such intriguing questions as… 

  • What impact do fathers have on their daughters’ romantic relationships and marriage, academic success, career choices, financial success, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, obesity, and self-confidence?
  • How do fathers affect the well-being of their infant, toddler and preschool daughters?
  • How are father-daughter relationships affected by the parents’ separation or divorce?
  • How do mothers & stepmothers affect father-daughter relationships?
  • What impact do the media, educators, and mental health professionals have on father-daughter relationships?
  • What is unique about gay fathers’ or LBGQ daughters’ relationships with one another?
  • How do father-daughter relationships differ among racial, economic, or religious groups?
  • How can mental health professionals better meet the needs of troubled father-daughter relationships?

Praise for Nielsen’s Book

This extraordinary book is destined to become a classic. Nielsen’s scope reaches far beyond white middle-class families to include ethnic minorities, gay, divorce and single fathers and fathers impacted by incarceration, poverty and substance abuse.
Patricia Papernow
''American Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year, Family Therapist, Author of Surviving & Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships''
This book brings to life the most recent research and is certain to intrigue and excited students, teachers and clinicians striving to understand how father-daughter relationships can enhance or impede the well-being of girls and women.
Michael Lamb
''President of Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association, Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge. Editor of The Father’s Role in Child Development''
An astonishing breadth of scholarship that captures the current state of knowledge and presents it in a crisp, clean and entertaining format. Essential for courses on child development, this book is also an indispensable resource for professionals who work with families.
Richard Warshak
''Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Author of Divorce Poison: How to Protect You Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing''