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Fathers, Daughter, and the Pursuit of Thinness
Product Code: FHR
Paperback, 317 pg, '04
Availability: In stock.
The first edition of this book added the term "father hunger" to everyday language, to explain the emptiness, and resulting food and body-image disorders, experienced by women with physically or emotionally absent fathers. Based on ten years of further study, this Second Edition of Father Hunger details the origins of the syndrome and its effect on the family, with new practical solutions to help dads and daughters understand and improve their relationships.
Dr. Maine also introduces the concept of "Global Girls" which describes today's adolescents in terms of the globalization of media, corporate marketing, and body image. An expanded section for educators and therapists offers strategies and techniques for preventing impasses in treatment.
"The book offers healthy, well-balanced advice to family members and health practitioners. It is a unique book not only for its clinical insights for therapists but also for school counselors and educators as well."
"Fact one: Dads tend to withdraw from girls during adolescence. Fact two: Adolescent girls too often develop unhealthy eating behaviors. Put these two ideas together and you get a fascinating book called Father Hunger."
"Dr. Maine does a nice job of integrating psychological and sociological research into her material. An important contribution of work in this area, suitable for community college students and up."
"Practical advice to help readers understand and improve father-daughter relationships, and helps families at multi-generational levels to reconnect."
"I found the book to be 'carefronting' in relationship to my own married daughter and granddaughter. . . an excellent systemic book for therapists as well. . . it has good theory, is reality based, and has practical suggestions. I enjoyed reading this book."
"This powerful book clearly explains how a father's emotional or physical absence can contribute to a daughter's eating problems, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margo Maine, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, lecturer, and activist specializing in eating disorders prevention and treatment. She is also the author of an activist's guidebook, Body Wars: Making Peace With Women's Bodies. Dr. Maine is a past-president of the National Eating Disorders Association and has had a clinical practice in West Hartford, CT for over 20 years.
Craig Johnson, Ph.D. is one of the world's foremost authorities on eating disorders.