As the number of single-mum and two-mum households has grown, so have concerns about the possible damage to boys caused by the lack of a male role model in the house. Peggy F. Drexler, Ph.D., listened to all the dire warnings; but her training as a research psychologist told her she had to see the evidence. So she embarked on a long-term study comparing boys raised in female-headed families with those whose fathers were present throughout their childhood. What Dr. Drexler discovered is as heartening as it is startling. She found that female-headed households may be even better parents for boys than households with men; sons from these families are growing up emotionally stronger, more empathetic, and more well-rounded than boys from "traditional" mother-father families; while more in touch with their feelings, these boys remain boyish and masculine in all the ways defined by our culture. "Raising Boys Without Men" offers an inclusive vision of what family can mean, and a blueprint for raising happier, healthier sons.
Peggy is a research psychologist who has worked with children and their families over many years. A former Gender Scholar at Stanford University and a former member of the Board of Directors of the NYU Cchild Study Center, she is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.LINDEN GROSS, former special features editor of the Los Angeles Times, is an accomplished ghostwriter with several notable books to her credit, including Julia "Butterfly" Hill's The Legacy of Luna. She lives in Northern California.