A Conceptual Ethic of Generative Fathering
fathering, parenting, generation, ethics, responsibility
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dollahite, David C. and Hawkins, Alan J., "A Conceptual Ethic of Generative Fathering" (1998). Faculty Publications. 4212.
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