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ERIC Number: ED456179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 36
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African-American Father Roles: A Review of Literature.
Adams, Kimberly Rene
This paper discusses the African American father's role, examining culture as it relates to social and economic barriers to paternal responsibilities. Some of the literature supports the assumption that African American fathers are ineffective and contribute to a tangle of pathology. Some claim that social scientists have concentrated too heavily on the lowest income African American families. The effectiveness of African American fathers is viewed by some as being dependent on their ability to support the family. This literature review concentrates on barriers that hinder African American fathers from parenting fully. Empirical research that emphasizes the functioning of African American men in a non-deviant family context can provide a foundation to guide practitioners. This paper expands the understanding of African American fathering by utilizing the strengths perspective, exploring the various roles that African American men play from a non-pathological perspective, and examining fathers who are in the home as opposed to the majority of research that emphasizes fathers who are absent from home. It also challenges the way society currently thinks about African American men, offering implications for social work practice on how to interact with African American families. (Contains 55 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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