Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Research into adolescent parenting involvement has focused primarily on mothers while neglecting fathers. This article concentrates on ecological factors that influence the parental involvement of adolescent fathers, such as the stresses of adolescent fatherhood, role during pregnancy, and the father's relationship with the child's mother and her parents. These factors must be acknowledged and addressed by practitioners working with adolescent parents. Issues relevant to the parental involvement of African American adolescent fathers are highlighted in order to balance the negative portrayal this particular group continues to experience. Social support and readiness of African American adolescent fathers are specifically considered. The findings indicate a need for advocacy, as well as services that promote paternal involvement. (Author abstract modified) 54 references.
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