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In-depth interviews with a Chicago sub-sample of both unwed fathers and mothers in the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study, conducted at six weeks and again at three months following the focal child's birth, builds upon subsequent survey analysis examining paternal involvement among unwed parents. Collectively, the findings form a conceptual framework for examining and facilitating paternal involvement and family development via the couple relationship context. Social work practice strategies, building upon a strengths-based perspective, are proposed with a focus on engaging an often overlooked and underserved member of the family in professional practice and advocacy-the unwed father. Findings are directed toward the development of promising social work interventions for children and families, while simultaneously advancing the aim of social work practice.
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