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It is a common belief that the decline of fatherhood is one of the most basic unexpected and extraordinary social trends of our time Tischler 2001 p19 However the opposing view of this standpoint is that there is no decline in fatherhood There are very few people saying that they doubt the fundamental importance of mothers yet there are those that believe that the importance of a father figure is diminishing Tischler 2001 There are even those who see the father position in a family to be easily replaceable with another figure such as a stepfather aunt uncle grandparent or any other person Tischler 2001 My view on the topic of whether or not a father is needed in a family and yes I mean the birth father not a replacement is based upon my own upbringing Since I am a male and am in the position of being a potential father it only makes sense that I see the position of the father as an instrumental one pertaining to the upbringing of a child I am constantly surrounded by those who are in a family where either their parents are divorced and remarried or those who live in single-parent household I am biased on the issue of why a father figure is necessary due to the fact that I was raised and am still being raised in a household where my parents remain married I couldnt possibly imagine being raised in a family that is broken because Ive never experienced that situation Therefore I find it a necessary that there be a father present in the lives of their children Research Methods After deciding on the topic of fatherhood and why it is important I gathered the necessary information pertaining to my topic out of the book Marriage and the Family Issues by HL Tischler After reading through the article written by David Popenoe entitled A World Without Fathers I was informed
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