You can't put a dollar amount on presence: Young, non-resident, low-income, african american fathers

Margaret Ofe Fleck, Diane Brage Hudson, Douglas A. Abbott, Allison M. Reisbig

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Aims and Objectives: The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study was to describe the lived experiences of young, non-resident, low-income, African-American fathers. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 6 men enrolled in the Omaha Healthy Start, Fathers for a Lifetime Program. Results: The following themes were identified: (a) A Work in Progress: Fatherhood Investment; (b) A Little Island by Myself: Barriers to Fathering; (c) I'm Going to be There From Day One to Infinity: Presence; and (d) The Tomorrow Dad: Not Like my Dad. Barriers to fathering created resource-poor environments posing challenges to involvement. Conclusions: Dispelling the myth of the "hit-and-run" father or the "package deal" remains a concern for fathers and their children. Nurses can develop early assessment strategies and interventions to help African American fathers with their parenting involvement. Fathers can be encouraged to attend community-based fathering programs to increase investment opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-240
Number of pages16
JournalComprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013



  • African American
  • Father involvement
  • Fatherhood programs
  • Low-income
  • Non-resident fathers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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