Title

A Conceptual Ethic of Generative Fathering

Keywords

fathering, parenting, generation, ethics, responsibility

Abstract

In this paper, the authors propose a “conceptual ethic” of fathering. This framework is presented as an example of a nondeficit perspective of fathering rooted in the proposed ethical obligation for fathers to meet the needs of the next generation. We conceptualize fathering as generative work, rather than as a social role embedded in a changing sociohistorical context. The framework is based on two central ideas: that the human context creates needs in the next generation that fathers have an ethical responsibility and capability to meet, and that both fathers and children benefit and grow from this work. Narrative accounts are used to illustrate the model. We also present findings from research and mention applications that are based on the generative perspective.

Original Publication Citation

Dollahite, D. C., & Hawkins, A. J. (1998). A conceptual ethic of generative fathering. Journal of Men’s Studies, 7(1), 109-132.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1998-10-01

Publisher

The Journal of Men's Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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