TITLE

Examining the Culture of Fatherhood in American Children's Literature: Presence, Interactions, and Nurturing Behaviors of Fathers in Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books (1938-2002)

AUTHOR(S)
Flannery Quinn, Suzanne M.
PUB. DATE
February 2006
SOURCE
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research & Practice about Men as;Winter2006, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p71
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This research examines the cultural scenarios of American fatherhood by measuring father presence and interactions with children in Caldecott award winning picture books from 1938 to 2002. Comparisons of fathers and mothers are measured and examined for changes over time. Fathers are found to be present in relatively the same number of books as mothers yet are depicted as engaging in significantly fewer interactions with children than mothers. The 1960s were found to be a period of time in which changes occurred in the presence of fathers in the books, supporting prior research which posits a "shifting" pattern in fatherhood imagery. This study also finds concurrence with a "fluctuating" pattern of changes in the culture of fatherhood in media with regard to father interactions. Further, findings point to the possibility of a "new father" image occurring during the 1980s.
ACCESSION #
20018071

 

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