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Fathering: some considerations about the relathionship between fathers and children after divorce

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the formation and preservation of the affectionate union between the fathers and their children during a post-divorce or separation period, focusing on fathering and the formation of masculine identity, as well as what we know today about "distant fathering" and its effects on children. The family today is in an unmistakable process of change and all of us are witnesses of a growing interchanging course between the traditional roles of the father and the mother, who are forced to manage their time between working and taking care of their children. Divorce and remarriage thereafter create a complex web of relationships within the family that must be studied, mainly regarding the roles performed by men as divorced fathers and the relationship with their children.

fathering; divorce; masculine identity; gender roles

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