ERIC Number: EJ837675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
"Changing for My Kid": Fatherhood Experiences of Mexican-Origin Teen Fathers Involved in the Justice System
Parra-Cardona, Jose Ruben; Sharp, Elizabeth A.; Wampler, Richard S.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v34 n3 p369-387 Jul 2008
A descriptive phenomenological study was conducted with six adolescent fathers of Mexican origin on juvenile probation for a variety of serious offenses. All participants successfully completed a parenting program designed especially for teen fathers. In a series of consecutive in-depth interviews, teen fathers were asked to discuss their experiences as fathers. Four phenomena were identified from the data: (a) not giving up and deciding to be a dad, (b) figuring out my relationships after becoming a father, (c) wanting to be a good father, and (d) wanting to be Brown and a father. Findings challenge negative stereotypes associated with Mexican-origin teen fathers engaged in delinquent behaviors and describe the ways in which fatherhood became an important positive motivator in the lives of participants.
Descriptors: Fathers, Early Parenthood, Mexican Americans, Adolescents, Juvenile Justice, Experience, Ethnic Stereotypes, Interviews, Father Attitudes
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