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Differential Pathways of Fathering and Fatherlessness in Afro-Caribbean Families

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dc.contributor.advisor Chuang, Susan S.
dc.contributor.author Green, David Samuel
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-30T19:58:25Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-30T19:58:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-01
dc.date.created 2018-01-26
dc.date.issued 2018-01-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12539
dc.description.abstract Lamb’s (1975) seminal work on the contribution of fathers to children’s development provided the context for research attention to fathers. Scholars conceptualized father involvement with a primary focus on behavioural involvement, leading to criticism that involvement should also include affective and cognitive domains. Moreover, the theoretical understanding of fatherlessness has received less consideration, primarily focusing on family structure (e.g., the residential status of biological fathers). Thus, the conceptualization of fathering, or the lack thereof, resulted in the stereotype and/or overgeneralization of ethnic and minority fathering. The present study extended the current literature on ethnic fathers, particularly of Afro-Caribbean fathers, to challenge assumed stereotypes and to contextualize these fathers in their unique historical and sociocultural context based on the bioecological perspective (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 2006). The current study employs a qualitative methodology from a social constructivist perspective to explore fathering and fatherlessness in Afro-Caribbean families to gain insights into these phenomena. Thematic analysis was used to analyze semi-structured interviews involving 24 Afro-Jamaican fathers (27 to 37 years of age) with at least one child in middle childhood. The findings revealed that fathering and fatherlessness were conceptualized as multidimensional, including behavioural, affective, cognitive, and spiritual domains, extending Palkovitz’s (1997) conceptualization. Also, fathering and fatherlessness were regarded as opposite concepts that included biological and social fathers. The findings also revealed that intergenerational transmission of fathering was reflective of change and stability over time. These findings reinforce the notion of there are features of fathering that may be regarded as universal and provide insights into the culturalized aspects of fathering such as fathering roles and barriers. Implications for research and practice are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Fatherlessness en_US
dc.subject Fathering en_US
dc.subject Fathers en_US
dc.subject Intergenerational en_US
dc.subject Transmission en_US
dc.subject Father involvement en_US
dc.subject Afro-Caribbean Fathers en_US
dc.subject Afro-Jamaican Fathers en_US
dc.subject Slavery en_US
dc.subject Ethnic families en_US
dc.subject Ethnic fathers en_US
dc.subject Minority fathers en_US
dc.subject domains of father involvement en_US
dc.subject Behavioural involvement en_US
dc.subject Spiritual involvement en_US
dc.subject Cognitive involvement en_US
dc.subject Affective involvement en_US
dc.subject Causes of fatherlessness en_US
dc.subject Consequencies of fatherlessness en_US
dc.subject Broader understanding of fathering en_US
dc.subject cross-cultural features of fathering en_US
dc.subject sociocultural en_US
dc.subject Lamb model en_US
dc.subject Bioecological perspective en_US
dc.subject Nonresident fathers en_US
dc.subject Generative perspective en_US
dc.title Differential Pathways of Fathering and Fatherlessness in Afro-Caribbean Families en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US


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