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ERIC Number: ED455345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 34
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Being There: Exploring the Fatherhood Experiences and Beliefs of Low-Income Urban African American Males.
Butler, James
This study examined the fatherhood experiences of 50 low-income, urban, African American fathers and father figures whose children were enrolled in an Early Head Start Program. Information was gathered via qualitative interviews conducted within participants' homes and communities and participant observation. Quantitative methods were used to examine demographic data. This allowed for in-depth exploration of participants' paternal role experiences, thus providing insight into the complexity and range of their attitudes, values and behaviors. Several key findings emerged from interviews with the fathers and father figures: the importance of emotional engagement in their expectations of fatherhood, the impact of economic barriers on their ideals of fatherhood, the effect of racism, and the absence of their own biological fathers and its impact. The most important finding was that the fathers and father figures were actively involved in their children's lives, often using the phrase "being there" (i.e., nurturing and providing financially for their children) to succinctly define what a good father was. The implementation of policies that are comprehensive enough to address the interrelated sequels of poor health, chronic joblessness, welfare dependency, poverty, and the related family provider role problems is recommended. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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