Gordon Finley

Gordon Finley
  • Ph.D. Social Relations, Harvard University
  • M.A. Social Relations, Harvard University
  • B.A. Sociology and Anthropology, Antioch College

Research Interests

Dr. Finley conducts research on fatherhood; fathers, children, and divorce; false abuse allegations in the context of divorce and has an interest in cross-cultural comparisons. He recently developed the nurturant mothering and mother involvement scales to parallel earlier scales for fathers published under the title "The father involvement and nurturant fathering scales: Retrospective measures for adolescent and adult children" in Educational and Psychological Measurement.

He has served as Editor of the Interamerican Journal of Psychology/Revista Interamericana de Psicologia and Adoption Quarterly. He also has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, and Fathering. He has taught at the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, and California at Berkeley. Dr. Finley currently teaches undergraduate courses in the Psychology of Parenting and Parenthood, and Life-Span Human Growth and Development. He teaches graduate seminars in Parent-Child Relations Fatherhood, and Divorce. He has co-authored or co-edited four books/monographs and has more than a hundred publications.

Select Publications

Op-Ed - On Fatherhood

Commentary - A Father's Legacy

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S. J. (2016). Stay-at-home fathers. In C. L. Shehan (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, Volume X, pp XX, Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

Finley, G. E. (2016). Alimony Issues in the United States. In C. L. Shehan (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, Volume 1, pp 94-96, Oxford: England: Wiley-Blackwell.

Finley, G. E. (2013). Voices of the fathers of divorce. [Review of the Book Divorced fathers and their families: Legal, economic, and emotional dilemmas. F. W. Kaslow]. PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 58(37). doi:10.1037/a0033529

Schwartz, S. J., & Finley, G. E. (2013). Effects of divorce on adult children. In R. E. Emery (Ed.), Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1, pp. 23 – 27. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finley, G. E. (2011). Asynchronous development between partners. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. R. Pehler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Volume 1, pp. 89 – 91. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finley, G. E. (2011). Divorce: Loss of family members. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. R. Pehler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Volume 1, pp. 331 - 333. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finley, G. E. (2011). Roles and functions of families: Divorce. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. R. Pehler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Volume 2, pp. 913 - 916. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S.J. (2010). The divided world of the child: Divorce and long-term psychosocial adjustment. Family Court Review, 48 (3), 516 - 527.

Finley, G. E. (2010). Boys to men: Rites of passage and a place of my own. [Review of the Book Sport, beer, and gender: Promotional culture and contemporary social life]. PsycCRITIQUES – Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 55 (No.12).

Schwartz, S. J., & Finley, G. E. (2010). Troubled ruminations about parents: Conceptualization and validation with emerging adults. Journal of Counseling and Development, 88 (1), 80 - 91.

Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Ravert, R. D., Kim, S. Y., Weisskirch, R. S., Williams, M. K., Bersamin, M., & Finley, G. E. (2009). Perceived parental relationships and health-risk behaviors in college-attending emerging adults. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 727 - 740.

Schwartz, S. J., & Finley, G. E. (2009). Mothering, fathering, and divorce: The influence of divorce on reports of and desires for maternal and paternal involvement. Family Court Review, 47 (3), 506 – 522.

Finley, G. E. (2008). Parental rights: An endangered species? [Review of the Book Taken into custody: The war against fathers, marriage, and the family.] PsycCRITIQUES— Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53 (No. 29).

Finley, G. E., Mira, S.D., & Schwartz, S. J. (2008). Perceived paternal and maternal involvement: Factor structure, mean differences, and parental roles. Fathering, 6(1), 62-82

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S. J. (2007). Father involvement and long-term young adult outcomes: The differential contributions of divorce and gender. Family Court Review, 45 (4), 573 - 587.

Finley, G. E. (2007). Divorce: The rest of the story. [ Review of the Book by Clarke-Stewart, A., & Brentano, C. Divorce: Causes and consequences.] PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52, (no. 33).

Finley, G. E. (2006). Joint custody. In N. Salkind (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Development, Volume 2, pp. 745 – 747. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S. J. (2006). Parsons and Bales revisited: Young adult children’s characterization of the fathering role. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 7 (1), 42 – 55.

Schwartz, S. J. & Finley, G. E. (2006). Father involvement, nurturant fathering, and young adult psychosocial functioning: Differences among adoptive, adoptive stepfather, and non-adoptive stepfamilies. Journal of Family Issues, 27 (5), 712 – 731.

Finley, G. E. (2006). The myth of the good divorce. [Review of the book Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of the Children of Divorce. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 51 (no. 35).

Schwartz, S. J. & Finley, G. E. (2005). Fathering in intact and divorced families: Ethnic differences in retrospective reports. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67 (1), 207 – 215.

Finley, G. E. (2005). Why can’t a father be more like a mother? [Review of the book The good father: On men, masculinity, and life in the family]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 50 (no. 39).

Schwartz, S. J. & Finley, G. E. (2005). Divorce-related variables as predictors of young adults’ retrospective fathering reports. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 44 (1/2), 145 – 163.

Finley, G. E., & Schwartz, S. J. (2004). The father involvement and nurturant fathering scales: Retrospective measures for adolescent and adult children. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 64 (1), 143 – 164.

Finley, G. E. (2003). Father-child relationships following divorce. In J.R. Miller, R.M. Lerner, L.B. Schiamberg, & P. M. Anderson (Eds.). Encyclopedia of human ecology, Volume 1: A - H. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 291 – 293.

Finley, G. E. (2002). The best interest of the child and the eye of the beholder. [Review of C. Panter-Brick & M.T. Smith (Eds.) Abandoned children.] Contemporary Psychology, APA REVIEW OF BOOKS, 47 (5), 629 - 631.