Keywords

generative fathering, fathering, fathers and children, connection, father-child connection

Abstract

This study focused on examining narrative accounts told by fathers about how they connect with and care for their children. Qualitative, in-depth interviews were conducted with 16 fathers concerning their relationships with at least two of their children, including one child with special needs. The fathers' stories were recorded and the narratives were then explored to develop a better understanding of themes and behaviors by fathers related to the dynamics of connecting with their children. Coding and analysis of the fathers' personal narrative demonstrated specific patterns related to the concept of connection in a conceptual ethic of generative father. Findings were used to further understand the dynamics of connection between fathers and children and also addressed implications for theory, research, and practice related to fathering.

Original Publication Citation

Brotherson, S. L., Dollahite, D. C., & Hawkins, A. J. (2005). Generative fathering and the dynamics of connection between fathers and their children. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers, 3, 1-25.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2005

Publisher

Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice About Men as Fathers

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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