African-American Fathers? Absenteeism Research Paper by Peter Pen

African-American Fathers? Absenteeism
A look at the impact of African-American fathers' absenteeism on their children.
# 49625 | 4,374 words | 18 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Mar 12, 2004 in Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper attempts to substantiate the theory that the absence of the African-American fathers' role in the life of their children creates an environment conducive for maladjusted children. It explores the topic in order to reflect the fact that the absence of fatherhood in all cultures does demonstrate a similar alarming trend. It shows how there are many factors that enhance or lessen the effects fathers may have on their children, whether it is the quality or quantity of the time spent with their children, and analyzes whether there is a distinction between the results of one over the other.

Background: Paternal Influences of Fatherhood
Environmental Causes of Absentee Fatherhood in
African American Families: Effects on Children?
Statistical Confirmation of the African American Family Poverty
Institutional Racism
Unwarranted Incarceration
Impact on Children
Attachment and Fatherhood
Relevance of Theory
Practice Concerns
Summary Conclusions

From the Paper:

"There is a space between where the conflict ends and where the effect of disorganization begins. It is at this point that we can view the changes that are the result of the many violent constraints and exploitations. Furthermore, we can explore this problem of African American fatherhood absenteeism through a concept called Social and Cultural Disorganization (Lowery, 1974). This theory was explored in Chicago between 1920 and the 1930's. Disorganization was defined as "a disintegration of the values and rules that govern everyday behavior". In my judgment, Social Disorganization is what we see within the context of this African American male population in the form of lack of hope, hooked on dope, violent crime, mate bashing (Domestic violence), and absenteeism from fatherhood responsibilities, which is herewith being examined."

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