Fatherhood and Fathering Among Low-Income and Minority Men

Deborah Gorman-Smith, Elizabeth Grisa Hunt and Dylan Robertson

in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769100
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Fatherhood and Fathering Among Low-Income and Minority Men

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In earlier empirical research and policies, fathering was often reduced to 2 aspects of father involvement, focused financial support and residence in the child's home, with these most often measured as simply absent or present. More recent theory and study suggest fathering should be considered multidimensionally, with the 2 broad constructs of involvement and parenting skills as major components. In this chapter we review the research on fathering, with a particular focus on minority men living in urban neighborhoods. We discuss data collected from a sample of approximately 300 young adult men who had taken part in the Chicago Youth Development Study (CYDS) beginning when these young men were between the ages of 11 and 13. Initial and descriptive results of this study are presented, along with findings from the larger body of research in this area.

Keywords: fatherhood; minority; father involvement; developmental-ecological approach

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Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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