Parenting in violent neighborhoods : African American fathers share strategies for keeping children safe.

Journal Name
Journal of family issues.
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Author (Individual)
Letiecq, Bethany L.
Koblinsky, Sally A.
Author (Organization)
National Council on Family Relations.
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Journal Article
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This qualitative study represents one of the first efforts to examine how African American fathers protect their children from community violence. Eighteen African American biological and "social" fathers of preschoolers in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area participated in focus groups addressing parenting in violent neighborhoods. Fathers described seven protective strategies reflecting three major themes: monitoring children, educating children about safety, and improving community life. These strategies are discussed within the context of African American values, traditions, and neighborhood contextual factors. (Author abstract)

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