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Accounts of Single-fatherhood: A case study
Unformatted Document Text:  SINGLE FATHERS 5 1997 the United States Census Bureau released a Brief indicating that children living at home with both parents are raised with more financial and educational advantages than children who grow up with one parent (United States Department of Commerce; Bureau of the Census, 1997). The Brief also reported that children living with a single parent due to divorce versus a never- married parent experienced greater advantages, particularly if the children lived with was the father. The Brief attributed the socio-economic advantage to living with the father versus the mother to be largely due to the greater likelihood that the single-mother would be unemployed, compared to the single-father. For those experiencing single-fatherhood situations, it is evident that more exists beyond mere socio-economic status. Cohen (1993) argued that the traditional father/ breadwinner ideology was inadequate, noting that a father’s role involves nurturance as well. Indeed, as with single-mothers, single-fathers must manage everyday challenges associated with being a single parent. To further examine the experiences of single-fatherhood, the following questions were proposed: RQ1: What perceptions of communication quality do single-fathers have in regard to the communication they have with their child? RQ2: What representations of ‘family’ do single-fathers perceive as constituting a family? RQ3: What are single-fathers’ attitudes toward traditionalism? RQ4: How do single-fathers communicate with their children about single-fatherhood? RQ5: What do single-fathers like best and least about being a single-father? RQ6: How do single-fathers compare what they believe single-fatherhood is versus what it should be? Method

Authors: Emmers-Sommer, Tara., Rhea, David., Triplett, Laura. and O'Neill, Bell.
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SINGLE FATHERS
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1997 the United States Census Bureau released a Brief indicating that children living at home
with both parents are raised with more financial and educational advantages than children who
grow up with one parent (United States Department of Commerce; Bureau of the Census, 1997).
The Brief also reported that children living with a single parent due to divorce versus a never-
married parent experienced greater advantages, particularly if the children lived with was the
father. The Brief attributed the socio-economic advantage to living with the father versus the
mother to be largely due to the greater likelihood that the single-mother would be unemployed,
compared to the single-father. For those experiencing single-fatherhood situations, it is evident
that more exists beyond mere socio-economic status. Cohen (1993) argued that the traditional
father/ breadwinner ideology was inadequate, noting that a father’s role involves nurturance as
well. Indeed, as with single-mothers, single-fathers must manage everyday challenges associated
with being a single parent. To further examine the experiences of single-fatherhood, the
following questions were proposed:
RQ1: What perceptions of communication quality do single-fathers have in regard to the
communication they have with their child?
RQ2: What representations of ‘family’ do single-fathers perceive as constituting a family?
RQ3: What are single-fathers’ attitudes toward traditionalism?
RQ4: How do single-fathers communicate with their children about single-fatherhood?
RQ5: What do single-fathers like best and least about being a single-father?
RQ6: How do single-fathers compare what they believe single-fatherhood is versus what it
should be?
Method


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