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The experience and meaning of father involvement: Father's perspectives

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Title: The experience and meaning of father involvement: Father's perspectives
Author: Wedel, Peter
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Daly, Kerry
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of how fathers perceive their involvement in the family. Grounded theory was used in re-analyzing interviews with 31 white fathers of intact families with at least 1 child under the age of 6 years. The results indicate fathers value a perceived culture shift as an opportunity for greater direct involvement. Forces that encourage and constrain this shift are elaborated on. A model of father involvement is proposed which includes the following domains and sub-domains: direct involvement with the children (hierarchical & bilateral relationship) which was often termed as "being there"; indirect involvement (external tangible & internal intangible) which supports and competes for time spent in direct involvement; and monitoring (competency & evaluation of the fathering experience).
Date: 1999
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