Chance to Speak: A Qualitative Study on Fathers from Lower Income Communities
Mercer, Darrell H.
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The purpose of the study is to highlight the myriad ways Black fathers residing in lower income areas are taking an active role in physically, educationally, and emotionally developing their children. 13 Black fathers ranging in age from 31-46 were interviewed. Three fathers were single, eight were married, and two were divorced. The number of children fathers had ranged from one to 10. To analyze the data, the author used content analysis. Overall, fathers felt they were involved in all areas of their children�s lives. They thoroughly discussed what physical, emotional, and financial presence meant to them and how they employ each of the strategies with their children. For physical presence, fathers wanted to be around their children and spend time either playing games or going to the games of their children. Fathers ensured they told their children how much they loved and appreciated their children both with words and affection. Financially, the fathers made it clear to their children in knowing the difference between needs and wants as well as getting their children ready for independence. Schooling inside the classroom as well as in life was something the fathers highlighted when discussing ways they take an active role in educating their child. Finally, fathers stated it was critical for their children to enjoy learning because that creates better connections in the child�s brain and allows the child to be fully engaged with the topic.
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