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The best kept secret : single black fathers

Author: Roberta L Coles
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2009.
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"The best kept secret studies the often-overlooked group of single, African American custodial fathers. While the media focuses on the increase of single mothers and the decline in marriage in the black community, Roberta L. Coles paints a nuanced picture of single black dads. Based on qualitative research, the author examines the parenting experience of these fathers, who became single parents through nonmarital  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta L Coles
ISBN: 9780742564251 0742564258 9780742564268 0742564266 9780742566125 0742566129
OCLC Number: 248536842
Description: ix, 169 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introducing a new concept : single black custodial fathers --
Choosing to parent on their own --
Being all things to their children : parenting roles and behavioral goals --
Fathering daughters and sons : the role of the child's gender --
Negotiating racial identity and socialization --
Is fathering good for fathers? --
Single custodial fathers and institutional policies.
Responsibility: Roberta L. Coles.
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"The best kept secret studies the often-overlooked group of single, African American custodial fathers. While the media focuses on the increase of single mothers and the decline in marriage in the black community, Roberta L. Coles paints a nuanced picture of single black dads. Based on qualitative research, the author examines the parenting experience of these fathers, who became single parents through nonmarital births, divorce, widowhood, or adoption. The fathers, ranging in age from twenty to seventy-six, discuss their motivations for taking custody of their children, the roles they enact as parents, the hopes for their children, how they socialize their children in a diverse society, how parenting daughters differs from sons, and what parenting has done for them personally. Coles then recommends policy changes to improve the situations for children and single parents-particularly often-unseen fathers. Filled with dynamic interviews and intriguing case studies. The Best Kept Secret shows that single black custodial fathers do exist and looks at the ways raising children has shaped their lives."--Jacket.

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Coles...makes a major contribution to the literature on single black custodial fathers. Her study is exploratory and descriptive, offering an examination of the meaning of fatherhood held by the 20 Read more...

 
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