ERIC Number: ED158882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
What Do We Do Today, Daddy? (Father's Perception of His Role and Responsibilities).
Woolner, Rosestelle B.
This paper presents brief summaries of two exploratory studies conducted to determine the non-custodial father's perception of his role and responsibilities following divorce. In Study I, eight middle class males who visited their children at least twice a month were interviewed individually. The interview consisted of a structured questionnaire sub-divided into four categories representing the roles of provider, protector, model, and caregiver. Results indicate that the non-custodial father accepts his legal responsibilities, wants to be more involved with his children's affairs, and accepts his role and responsibilities to serve as a model and a protector for his children. In Study II, a self-administered survey was given to 13 non-custodial fathers. The survey focused on types of activities (routine, recreational, educational, religious, and social) the noncustodial fathers engaged in with their children, and the frequency of involvement (occasionally, monthly, twice monthly, three times monthly, and four times monthly) in the activities. Overall results indicate that the non-custodial father has limited involvement with his children--that the majority of activities engaged in with children are recreational and that these take place on an occasional or monthly basis. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Noncustodial Fathers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Chicago, Illinois, November 10-13, 1977)