Voices of African-American Teen Fathers

Voices of African-American Teen Fathers

by Marvin D Feit, John S Wodarski, Angelia M Paschal

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ISBN-10: 0789027380

ISBN-13: 9780789027382

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Find out what it’s like to be young, African-American . . . and a father

Voices of African-American Teen Fathers is an insightful look at adolescent pregnancy and parenthood through the eyes of fathers aged 14 to 19. This unique book features candid interviews with thirty teens who talk about “doing what I got to do”—handling their


Find out what it’s like to be young, African-American . . . and a father

Voices of African-American Teen Fathers is an insightful look at adolescent pregnancy and parenthood through the eyes of fathers aged 14 to 19. This unique book features candid interviews with thirty teens who talk about “doing what I got to do”—handling their responsibilities as best they can given their perceptions, limitations, and life experiences. Teens talk about how and why they became fathers, how they handle being a parent, their perceptions of fatherhood, the relationships they have with their parents and the mothers of their children, and how they deal with the everyday struggles, demands, and concerns they face.

Nearly one million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant each year in the United States and most of the available research on adolescent parenthood focused on them. We know little about African-American adolescent fathers or about their perspectives on the cultural and socioeconomic conditions that define their experience. Voices of African-American Teen Fathers provides an understanding of these young fathers on their own terms and suggests theoretical frameworks, assessment tools, and effective interventions to develop a plan of action to help African-American adolescent fathers fulfill their roles. Helpful appendixes, including an interview guide and biographies of the particpants, are included, as are six tables that make complex information easy to access and understand.

Voices of African-American Teen Fathers examines tough issues, including:

  • intimate, amicable, or antagonistic relationships with their children’s mothers
  • relationships with their own mothers and fathers
  • racism and discrimination
  • child support
  • loss of independence
  • transportation problems
  • drugs
  • socioeconomic issues
  • and much more
Voices of African-American Teen Fathers is an invaluable resource for counselors, family educators, social service organizations, community practitioners, and social scientists.

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Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
Haworth Health and Social Policy Series
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6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Literature Review     5
Teen Pregnancy Statistics     5
Teen Childbearing Statistics     6
Consequences of Teen Motherhood     7
Sociopolitical Issues of Teen Parenthood     10
Explaining Teen Motherhood     12
Adolescent Fathers     16
Explaining African-American Teen Fatherhood     18
Perceptions of Fatherhood by African-American Youths     20
African-American Adolescents and Fatherhood Involvement     22
African-American Teen Fathers and Their Relationships with Others     25
Theoretical Perspective: Social Ecology and Gender Theory     28
Research Questions     41
Research Methods     43
The Teen Fathers     43
Environmental Factors     46
Recruitment Strategies     47
The Interviewing Process     47
Reliability, Validity, and Generalizability     57
Transcription     57
Data Analysis     58
How and Why African-American Teens Become Fathers     61
Carelessness: "If It Happened, It Happened"     61
Lack ofCommunication: "We Just Didn't Talk About It"     64
Getting "Trapped": "I Think She Got Pregnant on Purpose"     66
Intentional Pregnancies: "We Wanted to Have a Baby"     68
Limited Alternatives: "Abortion and Adoption Were Not Options"     69
How Teen Fathers Think About and Do Fatherhood     75
Father As Provider: "I'm Not Running from My Responsibilities"     76
The Involved Nurturer: "I'm Being There for my Child"     85
The Independent Father: "It's Not My Responsibility!"     92
Teen Fathers and Their Families of Origin     97
Relationships with Their Fathers     97
Relationships with Their Mothers     108
Teen Fathers and the Mothers of Their Children     117
Amicable Associations     118
Loving, Intimate Affairs     126
Antagonistic Relationships     130
Teen Fathers and Peer Influence     137
Fatherhood Affecting Friendships     137
Warning from Friends     138
Fatherhood As Status Symbol     139
Peer Influence Before Fatherhood     142
The Challenges and Concerns of Teen Fathers     145
Youth-Related Issues     146
Fear of Losing Independence      148
Relationship Problems     153
Concerns About Child Support     154
Socioeconomic Challenges     156
Transportation Issues     159
Cultural Influences     161
Drug Issues     162
Daily Survival     165
Racism and Discrimination     167
Discussion and Conclusion     171
Research Questions and Major Findings     171
Theoretical Relevance of Findings     180
Where Do We Go from Here? Designing a Plan of Action   Rhonda Lewis     189
Theoretical Frameworks     190
Develop an Assessment Tool     190
Use the Stages of Change Model to Address Condom Use     191
Identify the Risk, Protective, and Cultural Factors Associated with Early Adolescence     192
Use the Three Identified Categories of Fathers to Develop an Effective Intervention     193
Limitations     196
Interview Guide     199
Personal Demographic Information     199
Identity Questions     199
Socioeconomic Circumstances and Perceived Future Outlook     200
Transition to Fatherhood     200
Definition of Fatherhood     201
Sexual Experience and Background      201
Fatherhood Involvement and Parental Support     201
Relationship with Mother of Child     202
Peer Relationships     202
Relationship with Family of Origin     203
Other Questions     203
Brief Biographies of Participants (Listed by Age)     205
References     213
Index     223

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