Data is limited regarding the cultural and racial variations of fatherhood. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of eight married African American fathers focusing on their perceptions of father roles and responsible fathering behaviors. Specifically, the study highlighted two critical issues: (1) men’s perceptions about their roles as fathers; and (2) how historical characterizations of father roles can serve as a mechanism for understanding males’ current perceptions. The researchers identified seven role themes: provider, role model/sex role model, disciplinarian, leader, supporter, teacher/spiritual teacher, and guide. Implications for family science practitioners and researchers as well as suggestions for future research are provided.
Father Roles, African American Fathers, Role Perception, Responsible Fatherhood, Phenomenology
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Murray, F., & Hwang, S. H. (2015). Perceived Father Roles of Married African American Men: A Phenomenological Study. The Qualitative Report, 20(8), 1185-1204. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss8/4