Black Single Fathers: Choosing to Parent Full-TimeJournal of Contemporary Ethnography
Format of Original29 p.
AbstractThis ethnographic study uses the narratives of African American, single, full-time fathers to explore the motivations precipitating their choice to parent. While the fathers had in common a number of demographic characteristics, such as full employment, residence, and support systems, which factored into their timing of and ability to take full custody, none of these are salient in their own narratives expressing why they wanted to be full-time fathers. Instead, their main motives centered on fulfilling a sense of duty and responsibility, reworking the effects of having had weak or absent fathers themselves, wanting to provide a role model for their children, and fulfilling an already established parent-child bond.
Citation InformationRoberta Coles. "Black Single Fathers: Choosing to Parent Full-Time" Journal of Contemporary Ethnography (2002) ISSN: 0891-2416
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/roberta_coles/10/