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Accounts of Single-fatherhood: A case study
Unformatted Document Text:  SINGLE FATHERS 25 Table 8 Emergent Themes and Examples of Single-fathers’ Comparisons of What Single-fatherhood ‘is’ Versus ‘What it Should be’ Single-fatherhood is… I. (Bitter)sweet (single-fathers voice meaning of the single-father experience) 1. The greatest experience of my life 2. Stressful yet rewarding 3. What you make it, it can be good or it can be bad 4. The hardest job you’ll ever love 5. Single-fatherhood is the most blessed because children are well served by their dads. Most people in jail or prison had little to no paternal influence Single-fatherhood should be… I. Recognition and Support (fathers voice frustration with legal and social views of their role) 1. Looked at differently in the courts, a father who is willing to step into the father/mother role should be favored 2. Single-fatherhood should be better supported. The courts will throw a dead-beat dad into jail but not ever throw a dead-beat mom [into jail] 3. Accepted, not looked down upon and the courts should see our side more II. Miscellaneous (responses that did not fit any particular category) 1. A last resort 2. Self-rewarding

Authors: Emmers-Sommer, Tara., Rhea, David., Triplett, Laura. and O'Neill, Bell.
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SINGLE FATHERS 25
Table 8
Emergent Themes and Examples of Single-fathers’ Comparisons of What Single-fatherhood ‘is’
Versus ‘What it Should be’
Single-fatherhood is…
I. (Bitter)sweet (single-fathers voice meaning of the single-father experience)
1. The greatest experience of my life
2. Stressful yet rewarding
3. What you make it, it can be good or it can be bad
4. The hardest job you’ll ever love
5. Single-fatherhood is the most blessed because children are well served by their dads.
Most people in jail or prison had little to no paternal influence
Single-fatherhood should be…
I. Recognition and Support (fathers voice frustration with legal and social views of their role)
1. Looked at differently in the courts, a father who is willing to step into the father/mother
role should be favored
2. Single-fatherhood should be better supported. The courts will throw a dead-beat dad into
jail but not ever throw a dead-beat mom [into jail]
3. Accepted, not looked down upon and the courts should see our side more

II. Miscellaneous (responses that did not fit any particular category)
1. A last resort
2. Self-rewarding


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