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Accounts of Single-fatherhood: A case study
Unformatted Document Text:  SINGLE FATHERS 14 Regarding obligations inside of the home, the majority of single-fathers spent time engaged in chores, errands, and entertainment. Surprisingly, few single-fathers engaged in assisting their children with homework. It could be that single-fathers have to spend time with their children on necessary activities (e.g., grocery shopping, laundry) and the little time left over is spent in more entertaining activities, versus less entertaining fare such as engaging in homework. Single-fathers reported moderate quality of communication with their child. An examination of specific dimensions suggest that quality aspects were strongest in terms of having personal, in-depth, attentive communication that was free of breakdown and conflict. Some of the single-fathers reported that they spent time communicating to their child about their relationship and family situation. Indeed, one of the themes that emerged regarding single- fathers’ communication with their children about their circumstances was “communication” and keeping the lines of communication open. Two of the single-fathers, however, had reported that discussing the situation was not necessary because they were “living it”. Overall, the findings suggest that single-fathers are not uninvolved or distant. Further research should tap into the communicative practices and relationships formed by the communication between single-fathers and their children. Emergent themes from the single-fathers’ written experiences of single-fatherhood indicated that it was important to single-fathers to foster a sense of love, security, and acceptance of their family circumstances. Single-fathers’ were united in expressing how much they valued their relationship with their child and how both father and child enriched one another’s life. Single-fathers were also united in expressing their frustration with the court system, legal battles, and society’s assumptions about single-fathers. Clearly, from the data presented here, single- fathers worked hard to support their children, spent much time with their children engaged in

Authors: Emmers-Sommer, Tara., Rhea, David., Triplett, Laura. and O'Neill, Bell.
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SINGLE FATHERS 14
Regarding obligations inside of the home, the majority of single-fathers spent time engaged in
chores, errands, and entertainment. Surprisingly, few single-fathers engaged in assisting their
children with homework. It could be that single-fathers have to spend time with their children on
necessary activities (e.g., grocery shopping, laundry) and the little time left over is spent in more
entertaining activities, versus less entertaining fare such as engaging in homework.
Single-fathers reported moderate quality of communication with their child. An
examination of specific dimensions suggest that quality aspects were strongest in terms of having
personal, in-depth, attentive communication that was free of breakdown and conflict. Some of
the single-fathers reported that they spent time communicating to their child about their
relationship and family situation. Indeed, one of the themes that emerged regarding single-
fathers’ communication with their children about their circumstances was “communication” and
keeping the lines of communication open. Two of the single-fathers, however, had reported that
discussing the situation was not necessary because they were “living it”. Overall, the findings
suggest that single-fathers are not uninvolved or distant. Further research should tap into the
communicative practices and relationships formed by the communication between single-fathers
and their children.
Emergent themes from the single-fathers’ written experiences of single-fatherhood
indicated that it was important to single-fathers to foster a sense of love, security, and acceptance
of their family circumstances. Single-fathers’ were united in expressing how much they valued
their relationship with their child and how both father and child enriched one another’s life.
Single-fathers were also united in expressing their frustration with the court system, legal battles,
and society’s assumptions about single-fathers. Clearly, from the data presented here, single-
fathers worked hard to support their children, spent much time with their children engaged in


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