Tobagonian fathers are leaving their homes whether due to separation, infidelity, or divorce. As a result of fathers absent from the homes, young men on the island of Tobago are increasing in defiant behavior patterns and displaying more violence in the schools. Research indicates that the child’s ability to thrive and excel is affected by the presence or absence of the father. Therefore, this qualitative case study included interviews and a focus group conducted with 10 Tobagonian fathers to gain their perspectives on being absent from the home and the effect of this absence on their sons specifically. Two of the most important findings were that Tobagonian fathers were well aware of their sons being affected due to their father absence and they actually wanted to make a significant difference in their sons’ lives. Recommendations for future study include initiating support groups for fathers by fathers, in which they can discuss struggles, problems, and issues as well as conducting case studies with mothers and grandmothers focusing on their perceptions as to absent fathers from the home and its effect on young Tobagonian males.
|Commitee:||Brignano, Ashlee, Kirschner, Andrew|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Caribbean Studies, Educational leadership, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Absent fathers, Delinquency, Educational development, Responsibility, Role models, Success, Tobago|
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