ERIC Number: ED222797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
A Survey of the Parenting Attitudes of Young Black Fathers.
Connor, Michael E.
In the past, the social science literature has ignored or played down the role of fathers in relation to childrearing in the United States. Until recently, the few studies which did consider the role of fathers in childrearing tended to focus on negatives, particularly studies of Black fathers. Much of this research deals with only a fraction of the Black father population and tends to ignore strengths in the Black Family unit. To investigate the hypothesis that the Black father plays an important and positive role in his family, Black fathers (N=136) completed a questionnaire designed to elicit specific information from them about their attitudes toward their children, spouses, parents, and other Black fathers. Results suggest that Black fathers were more positively involved with their children and spouses and with their role of fathering than most social science literature previously indicated. Future studies should focus on Black father-infant interaction, long-term effects of prepared childbirth on the child, attitudes and values of successful Black fathers, the impact of father involvement on child development, Black fathers and daughters, Black fathers and sons, programs for young Black fathers, and shared parenting among Black couples. (Author/PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (62nd, Sacremento, CA, April 7-11, 1982).