Exploring fathering roles in low-income families: the influence of intergenerational transmission.

Journal Name
Families in society.
Journal Volume
87
Page Count
11
Year Published
2006
Author (Individual)
Shears, Jeffrey.
Summers, Jean Ann.
Boller, Kimberly.
Barclay-McLaughlin, Gina.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Language
English
This study explores the meaning of fathering among men identified as fathers or father figures of 24-month-old children enrolled in Early Head Start research sites. Fathers were asked open-ended questions about their experiences of being fathers and their relationships with their own fathers. These men spoke of how important "being there" was for them in their relationship with their child as well as how the relationship with their own fathers influenced them as a parent. This study supports the theory of intergenerational parenting and furthers our knowledge and understanding of what some men feel are important aspects of being a good father. A theoretical framework on why men may model their father's behaviors is offered, as are implications for practitioners. (Author abstract)

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