Open Access Thesis
Date of Award
Shawna J. Lee
FATHERS' OPINIONS CONCERNING PARENTING RESOURCES AND PRACTICES: AN EXPLORATION OF CULTURAL COMPONENTS AND TECHNOLOGY ON PARENTING
Advisor: Dr. Shawna J. Lee
Major: Social Work
Degree: Master of Social Work
Fathers' involvement in child rearing is extremely beneficial to children. However, there are currently many barriers that exist, which do not allocate fathers to receive specific parental resources. For decades, fathers admit needing services and resources but are often denied for various reasons.
This study explored fathers' opinions about the parenting information and parenting resources they receive or would like to receive, cultural and spiritual components of child rearing within their communities, and whether technology can be utilized to lessen the gap and barriers that exist in paternal child rearing.
In this study, six semi-structured father-centered focus groups (N=32) were conducted and ran for approximately 1-1½ hours. These discussions were then transcribed, content coded, and analyzed. Themes surrounding culture and spirituality as well as utilizing technology for paternal child rearing were prevalent throughout these focus groups, as well as additional and unintentional themes. Implications for future research were also discussed.
Djelaj, Valentina, "Fathers' opinions concerning parenting resources and practices: an exploration of culture and technology" (2012). Wayne State University Theses. Paper 168.