ERIC Number: EJ725071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 23
The Nature of Connections: Young Fathers and Their Children
Saleh, Mahasin F.; Buzi, Ruth S.; Weinman, Maxine L.; Smith, Peggy B.
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v40 n159 p513 Fall 2005
The purpose of this study was to examine the involvement of young fathers with their children at entry to a fatherhood program and at subsequent follow-up. Thirty-eight young fathers participated in this analysis. Using open-ended questions at intake and subsequent follow-up, they were asked to describe in their own words their relationships with their children. A thematic analysis was used to explore their self-reported statements. Three themes emerged from the analysis: Positive Emotionality, Accessibility, and Engagement. A comparison between thematic categories at intake and follow-up revealed that the most dramatic shift occurred in regard to Engagement. A third of the young fathers shifted from describing Positive Emotionality at intake to the more active process of Engagement at follow-up. The area that showed little change between intake to follow-up was related to Accessibility. These findings may suggest that for young fathers, becoming more involved with their children is a process which can be facilitated by participating in a fatherhood program.
Descriptors: Fathers, Parent Child Relationship, Family Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Education, Urban Areas, Adolescents, Young Adults, Parenting Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Texas