ERIC Number: ED308354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Male Single Parent/Homemaker Activity. Final Report.
Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights.
A study was conducted to identify some unique needs of male single parents who are raising their children alone. Information on the problems of single fathers was gathered through a literature review and by surveying and interviewing male single parents in an area in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Ohio. Following a review of literature, questionnaires were sent to 125 male single parents in the northern Kentucky-Ohio region, with usable responses received from 30 persons. Further data was collected through interviews with 10 of the respondents. The men ranged from 22 to 48 years old, with an average age of 37. The average length of their marriage had been 10 years. The group as a whole had a high educational level, with 12 having college degrees and only 1 with less than a high school education. They also had higher than average earnings. The study found that the fathers were generally satisfied with their roles as single parents, but found some of society's expectations of fathers unrealistic. The fathers believed they could do as good a job of rearing children and caring for a home as a woman, and in most cases rated themselves as better parents than their ex-wives. They did express some problems with arranging a social life while parenting and with expressing feelings. The study concluded that the Displaced Homemaker Program at Northern Kentucky University could include a male component. The program would not need to provide job training for single fathers, but could supply information on parenting and legal rights and a place for single fathers to meet others in similar situations. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky