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(p. 156) Substance-Abusing Fathers a Developmental Perspective 

(p. 156) Substance-Abusing Fathers a Developmental Perspective
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(p. 156) Substance-Abusing Fathers a Developmental Perspective
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Thomas J. McMahon

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0008
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date: 23 May 2018

This chapter examines parenting by substance-abusing fathers from a developmental perspective. It first outlines a developmental perspective on fathering in the context of chronic substance abuse before turning to the problem of substance use disorders in fathers. It then considers developmental precursors to fathering as well as developmental pathways to chronic substance abuse and fatherhood. It also explores how paternal substance abuse affects parenting behavior, the quality of co-parenting relationships, and the quality of family environments. Finally, it assesses the consequences of paternal substance abuse for children and fathers themselves.

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