A narrative approach to exploring responsible involvement of fathers with their special needs children (Chapter 6 of Conceptualizing and measuring father involvement.)

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Dollahite, David C.
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This chapter summarizes the main findings from research employing narrative methodologies on fathers of children with special needs. Analyses were conducted of two main data sets consisting of Latter-day Saint fathers of children with a variety of serious disabilities and chronic illnesses. One sample consisted of 16 fathers of young children with special needs and the other sample included 19 fathers with children of varying ages. Findings indicate the fathers felt a moral call to meet the needs of their children, they work hard to do so, and they bring strengths to this work. Many of the fathers believed their religious commitments facilitated a greater sense of paternal responsibilities and helped them meet the challenging needs of their children. 48 references. (Author abstract modified)

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