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Accounts of Single-fatherhood: A case study
Unformatted Document Text:  SINGLE FATHERS 9 their answers and feelings in response to the questions. Sample Five men participated in the case study. Two of the men in the sample reported growing up in a traditional, two-parent family, two reported growing up in a step-family, and one reported growing up in a single-mother household. Two of the men reported earning a high school diploma and three reported completing some college. Participants held blue and white collar jobs and all men worked in the sample, with four of the five reporting working 40 or more hours per week and one reporting working 16 hours per week. The average yearly salary for the sample was $28,460. All participants reported that the nature of their job did not enable them to work at home; thus, all men worked outside of the home. Four out of the five men in the sample reported having primary custody of their child and one reported having joint physical custody of his child. In terms of the number of children the participants were a single-father to, one participant had one child, three had two children, and one had four children. The majority of single-fathers (N = 3) reported that the child he was reporting on was in his home everyday (i.e., 7 days per week). One single-father indicated that he had his child 5 ½ days per week and one reported that he had his child 3 days out of the week. The majority of single-fathers (N = 4) reported on a female child and one reported on a male child. The average age of the child reported on in this study was 10.8 years old, with a range in children’s ages from 4 to 19. Participants reported being a single- father for an average of 25.41 months, or a little more than two years, with a range of 31 to 131 months in the single-father role. The majority of single-fathers reported that the circumstances that brought them to single-fatherhood were the breakups of marital or nonmarital relationships. One participant reported that the mother’s substance abuse brought him to these circumstances and one reported that the mother’s abandonment of the child due to a new relationship brought

Authors: Emmers-Sommer, Tara., Rhea, David., Triplett, Laura. and O'Neill, Bell.
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SINGLE FATHERS
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their answers and feelings in response to the questions.
Sample
Five men participated in the case study. Two of the men in the sample reported growing
up in a traditional, two-parent family, two reported growing up in a step-family, and one reported
growing up in a single-mother household. Two of the men reported earning a high school
diploma and three reported completing some college. Participants held blue and white collar jobs
and all men worked in the sample, with four of the five reporting working 40 or more hours per
week and one reporting working 16 hours per week. The average yearly salary for the sample
was $28,460. All participants reported that the nature of their job did not enable them to work at
home; thus, all men worked outside of the home. Four out of the five men in the sample reported
having primary custody of their child and one reported having joint physical custody of his child.
In terms of the number of children the participants were a single-father to, one participant had
one child, three had two children, and one had four children. The majority of single-fathers (N =
3) reported that the child he was reporting on was in his home everyday (i.e., 7 days per week).
One single-father indicated that he had his child 5 ½ days per week and one reported that he had
his child 3 days out of the week. The majority of single-fathers (N = 4) reported on a female
child and one reported on a male child. The average age of the child reported on in this study was
10.8 years old, with a range in children’s ages from 4 to 19. Participants reported being a single-
father for an average of 25.41 months, or a little more than two years, with a range of 31 to 131
months in the single-father role. The majority of single-fathers reported that the circumstances
that brought them to single-fatherhood were the breakups of marital or nonmarital relationships.
One participant reported that the mother’s substance abuse brought him to these circumstances
and one reported that the mother’s abandonment of the child due to a new relationship brought


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