Item description for The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers: Becoming the Father Your Children Need by Ken R. Canfield...
Overview Five years of research conducted by a noted national research and counseling organization form the basis for this insightful, applicable book. Drawing on profiles of over 5,000 fathers nationwide, The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers presents valuable guidelines for fathers to strengthen their family roles. Using techniques that have worked effectively in other families, fathers can overcome barriers in relationships with their children and understand themselves in relation to other fathers. The essential insight and counsel found here will help a man become the father he wants to be for his children.
Publishers Description This update of the best-selling book (over 100,000 copies sold) draws on years of research and experience to provide practical tools to help fathers strengthen relationships with their children and be the best fathers they can be.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842359184 ISBN13 9780842359184
Reviews - What do customers think about The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers: Becoming the Father Your Children Need?
limited scientific validity Jul 18, 2006
Dr. Canfield's bookcover proclaims that The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers is "solid scientific research," but as an empirical work it is lacking.
First, Ken Canfield can hardly be called a rigorous researcher, having been published only twice in peer-reviewed journals. Both of his published articles were published in the early 1990s. To his credit, both of his articles were published in reputable, scientific journals (a quick search of EBSCO HOST research databases reveals zero entries for Dr. Phil McGraw).
Second, Dr. Canfield bases his findings in The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers on the results of data obtained through his measurement scale, the Personal Fathering Profile (PFP).
The PFP does demonstrate satifactory INTERNAL reliability, meaning that the PFP does not contradict itself. However there is no indication by Dr. Canfield that the PFP demonstrates external reliability, meaning that test results are consistent over time and setting.
Also, the PFP is not noted in Dr. Canfield's book as demonstrating validity, a psychometric term connotating the degree to which the questionaire actually measures what it is supposed to measure.
The PFP uses the opinions of "helping professionals" as a basis for determining which fathers are "effective fathers." It may have been more accurate to determine fathers' "effectiveness" by measuring the levels of their children's success, health and happiness instead of using subjective opinions.
Finally, the PFP's participant sample consisted of fathers that are 87% white and 73% college educated with an average income of $49,000.00 (in 1994). Dr. Canfield admits that these numbers are skewed towards a higher than typical socio-economic-status.
With this said, Dr. Canfield's book may be helpful to fathers seeking direction and affirmation in their parenting. However it is unreasonable to assume that the statements in the book reflect scientific fact as much as Dr. Canfield's opinions and experiences.
The emasculation of the American male Nov 27, 2005
I found this book nauseatingly sugary sweet. I bought the book wanting to be the best dad I could be. The stuff here is so obvious. Women may love this and will probably buy it for new-dads.
Dad's - forget this one.
I bought this for my husband... Dec 19, 2002
We're due to have our first child in about a month. I was looking for an inspirational and also educational book to give my husband as a "father-type" gift. I leafed through this book and several others before choosing this one. Once I got it home, I read through it before giving it to him and I really liked it. The topics are so important and the author does a great job of addressing each one in a way that builds up and motivates you instead of talking down to you. There is lots of helpful advice and I can tell the author researched the book thoroughly.
Great Tips Apr 20, 2001
While I didn't find the "secrets" to be very "secretive" this book is full of sound wisdom and advice. What I appreciated most are the little tips interspersed throughout on the things you can do to have fun with your children on a regular basis.
Every great father is first a great husband. Earlier this year I found The RoMANtic's Guide by Michael Webb. It is full of hundreds of creative ideas that are inexpensive and easy to do.
Good Christian Foundations for Fathering (New/Old) Jan 24, 2000
This was a very good book. I have a teenage stepdaughter, and a one month old daughter. This book laid down the foundations for fathering of both children with Godly principles. A definite must read for us "dads in progress."