Title

American Indian Perceptions of Paternal Responsibility

Keywords

Native Americans, fragile families, paternal responsibility, American Indians, child support, visitation

Abstract

Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, this study examined the issue of American Indian nonresident father rights and obligations. Findings revealed that both American Indian mothers and fathers supported visitation rights, but decision-making rights were not highly supported unless the father was paying child support. Both American Indian parents were similar in their views regarding paternal responsibilities. Therefore, while general father involvement intervention strategies may work for American Indians, it is important for practitioners to explore how American Indians define paternal involvement and to what extent they are willing to allow the nonresident father to participate in all aspects of the child's life.

Original Publication Citation

Limb, G., & *Tobler, J. (2014). American Indian perceptions of paternal responsibility. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(2), 217-229

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-01-30

Publisher

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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