PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Despite the climbing divorce rate, influence of the internet in helping to disintegrate long-term relationships and public figures behaving badly, a temple university psychologist still believes there are heroic fathers out there on this Father’s Day.
Psychologist Frank Farley says he laments how much society dwells on the negative and fails to recognize the positive among fathers today.
“There are just legions of positive role models, wonderful fathers and wonderful men out there, but we tend to hear more about the negative side and that’s wrong.”
Farley, a Temple psychology professor and former president of the American Psychological Association, says there are many fathers working heroically to help their families make a living in this difficult economy. While doing so, he says, he worries that children may miss the message of sacrifice.
“People having to have multiple jobs and almost no time left in the day to spend with their children.”
Farley says he remains optimistic about the future of fathers and the recognition by their children of the heroic role they play every day.
Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio