Fatherhood Scenarios: Development, Culture, Psychopathology and Treatment

Editor : Rama Rao Gogineni, Editor : Andres J. Pumariega, Editor : Salman Akhtar, Editor : April Fallon

Fatherhood Scenarios: Development, Culture, Psychopathology and Treatment

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : May 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 316
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  • Catalogue No : 97701
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032755649
  • ISBN 10 : 1032755644

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Fatherhood Scenarios offers a wide range of perspectives, including different cultural and ethnic perspectives and chapters considering the role of the father throughout the lifespan, including experiences of gay fathers, adoptive fathers, and disabled fathers.

With contributors from around the world representing diverse mental health disciplines, these chapters constitute a harmonious gestalt of knowledge, information, theory, and socio-clinical dimensions pertaining to fatherhood. The emphasis of all these sections is nonetheless the psychosocial tasks of fatherhood as it undergoes subtle and gradual transformation with the offspring’s growth through childhood and adolescence to full adulthood, including becoming a parent themselves. The book also traces the portrayal of fatherhood in popular media including television and movies keeping in mind their evolution and transformation over the past many decades.

Spanning a vast terrain of psychosocial concern, Fatherhood Scenarios will be of great appeal to mental health professionals, psychotherapists, child psychiatrists, and family welfare workers in practice and in training.

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Deftly interweaving the strains of child and family, social anthropology, modern biology, psychoanalysis and popular media studies, Fatherhood Scenarios offers a panoramic, yet deep view of paternity and its emotional vicissitudes. This tightly edited compendium will be highly informative to all mental health professionals and greatly enhance their therapeutic empathy and skills.
Shahrzad Siassi, PH. D. Senior Psychoanalyst, New Center of Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles. Author, Forgiveness in Intimate Relationships

As most of us know, it is easy to formulate the faults and deficits of fathers in our clinical work; but find developmental theory lacking when trying to imagine the optimum place a father fits in the developmental life of children, teens, and in fathers themselves. This volume seeks to address that dichotomy in our clinical and theoretical literature. Fatherhood Scenarios is a finely edited collection of essays addressing the emotional and cognitive challenges associated with paternity. With an orientation that shows equal respect to intrapsychic dynamics and sociocultural variables, the book tackles the father’s struggles with lifespan changes, adolescent turmoil, gender and sexual orientation difference and his own particular location in the demographic and cultural spectrum of our diverse society. The book promises to enhance knowledge, enrich empathic attunement and sharpen clinical skills.
Timothy Dugan, M.D. Senior Consultant in Education. Cambridge Health Alliance. Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Assistant Clinical Professor, part-time Harvard Medical School

Table of Contents

About the Editors and Contributors

1. Becoming a father
Saurav Sengupta and David Kaye

Part I - Developmental Scenarios
2. Father's role during adolescence
Robert Eberwein and Rama Rao Gogineni

3. Fathering adult children
Pirooz Sholevar and Ellen Sholevar

4. Father’s becoming a grandfather
Pirooz Sholevar and Ellen Sholevar

5. Father’s Death
Thomas Wolman

Part II - Cultural Scenarios
6. Latino fathers
Eugenio Rothe and Andres Pumariega

7. African American fathers
Lisa M Cullins, Martine Solages, Howard Crumpton and Shalice McKnight

8. Fathers on television
Thomas Parinello, Jeffrey Goldberg and Max Heinrich

Part III - Emerging Scenarios
9. Stepfathers
Eugenio Rothe

10. Gay fathers
Peter Daniolos and T. Dawson Woodrum

11. Learning from recollections of a disabled father
Daniel Gottleib and Chris Winfrey

12. Adoptive fathers
April Fallon and Virginia Brabender

Part IV - Clinical Scenarios
13. Father transferences in the clinical situation
Theodore Fallon

14. Fathers’ role in mental health of children
Michael Shapiro

15. From the need of a father to father hunger
Rao Gogineni and Robert Eberwein

16. Visiting the father’s grave
Salman Akhtar and Andrew Smolar


About the Editor(s)

Rama Rao Gogineni, M.D. is Division Head of Child Psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital and Professor in Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He received his M.D. degree from Osmania University in India (1972). He completed his General Psychiatry Residency from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1979) and his Child and Adolescent fellowship from Medical College of Pennsylvania (1982). He obtained a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from the Family Institute of Philadelphia. He completed his psychoanalytic training from the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Dr. Gogineni served as President of Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, Regional Counsel of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern Pennsylvania, South Asian American Forum, and American Association for Social Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, The Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has written and presented on various aspect s of fatherhood, attachment, revenge, adoption, immigration, depression, neurobiology, and gratitude.

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Andres J. Pumariega, MD, has devoted his 40-plus-year career to children’s systems of care and cultural diversity in mental health. He held several teaching and administrative positions and chaired three departments of psychiatry. He has headed many paediatric psychiatry consultation-liaison services, directorships of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and chaired departments of psychiatry. He has over 250 scientific publications on culture, diversity, and disparities on children’s mental health.

Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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April Fallon, Ph.D. is the Faculty Chair and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and Clinical Professor in psychiatry at Drexel College of Medicine. She received her baccalaureate degree from Allegheny College (1975) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (1981). She has received numerous awards for her teaching of psychiatric medical residents including the Psychiatric Educator 2012 from Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. She has co-authored six books with Virginia Brabender: Models of Inpatient Group Psychotherapy (1993), Awaiting the Therapist’s Baby: A Guide for Expectant Parent-Practitioners (2003), Essentials of Group Psychotherapy (2004), Group Development in Practice: Guidance for Clinicians and Researchers on Stages and Dynamics of Change (2009), The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist’s Baby (2018, 2nd Ed.), and Group Psychotherapy in Inpatient, Partial Hospital, and Residential Care settings (2019). She also has co-edited an additional volume, Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory and Therapeutic Interventions (2013). In addition, she has researched and written on the development of disgust in children and adults, body image and eating disorders, the effects of childhood maltreatment, attachment and adoption.

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