Title

Narrative Accounts, Generative Fathering, and Family Life Education

Keywords

fathering, generative fathering, family life education, narratives of change

Abstract

This article suggests that theory and story can be effectively linked in interpretive family life education programs and illustrates this potential by discussing how personal narrative accounts of fathers encounters with their children can be used to understand and encourage good fathering (herein referred to as generative fathering). The article (a) presents a theory of how fathers change and the implications of this theory for the use of fathers narrative accounts in interpretive family life education, (b) briefly discusses the concept of generative fathering and presents a conceptual framework for understanding and encouraging generative fathering, and (c) illustrates the potential utility of narrative accounts in encouraging generative fathering in family life education with accounts collected from fathers. Although the method applied herein is not, in the strictest sense, qualitative research, it illustrates how qualitative methodology can be applied to family life education.

Original Publication Citation

Dollahite, D. C., Hawkins, A. J., & Brotherson, S. (1996). Narrative accounts, generative fathering, and family life education. Marriage and Family Review, 24, 333-352.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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