Title page for ETD etd-04242012-152129

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pitts, Courtney LaShay
URN etd-04242012-152129
Title What Factors Influence Positive Father Involvement in African American Families?
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Marks, Loren Committee Chair
Chaney, Cassandra Committee Member
Sasser, Diane Committee Member
  • Black Families
  • African American
  • Father Involvement
Date of Defense 2012-04-03
Availability unrestricted
While positive fathers appear to be a myth in African American communities among current research, this study looks at the common factors among involved fathers in inner city neighborhoods. In a secondary analysis of interviews from happily married Black couples in inner city neighborhoods, overlapping themes emerge exploring the reasons behind positive involvement among fathers. In twenty-two interviews, both husbands and wives explain reasons for continuous father involvement in the lives of their children. Findings include a heavy reliance on faith, marital support and commitment to matrimony and value of responsibility to one’s family. Future research and implications should address standards set by highly involved fathers and establish programs to help other fathers become more involved.
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