This qualitative research study with 9 participants examined paternal involvement issues of formerly incarcerated African American fathers. Results from this study indicated that family relationships during participants' childhood influenced their definition of father involvement and their paternal roles and responsibilities toward their children. Fathering roles of educator, guide, and financial provider were highlighted by participants. Additional findings indicated that participants' relationship with their children was associated with their paternal identity and incarceration experience. Family therapy programs that focus on mentorship, relationship counseling, and parenting education were revealed as resources to strengthen participants' involvement in their children lives and education. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher suggests the need for designing father involvement programs and policies to enhance paternal involvement during and after incarceration; and the need for research studies to identify successful strategies that can be replicated across all family contexts.
|Commitee:||Dabel, Jane E., Gamble, Brandon E.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Educational sociology, Social research, Individual & family studies|
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