Father/Child Relationships: Beyond Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer, a popular movie of the 1 980's , was a story of a father raising his son alone . This story depicts a man strugg l i ng to parent a young boy after the mother walked out without warning. Dustin Hoffman . portray i ng Ted Kramer. learned how to cook and do housework , take care of a child's physical and emotional needs . ami changed jobs to be more compatible with his new family structure . This warm-hearted but serious comedy exposed a lot of the general public with a version of l i fe without a mother in the home. Although it is one impression, it is not the only way that single custodial fathers l ive and relate to their children. The purpose of this paper is to discuss what is known about the father-chi ld relationship in single custodial father families. Material for this presentation was gleaned from the research literature as well as from the author's own research on single parent famil ies .