Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Child Development Centre
Examining fatherhood in the Caribbean: Research, definitions and action programmes
Caribbean Journal of Social Work
Date of Publication
Describes two major studies conducted to examine fatherhood in the Caribbean. One in Jamaica and the other in Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica. The first quantitative and qualitative undertaking was designed to fill some of the gaps in our understanding of how family and children are viewed by men, what meanings children have for their fathers, what roles men see are appropriate or desirable for them within the family and in relation to their children, and what factors men see as constraining them in their roles as fathers. The findings provided more concrete evidence of the real contributions men make to families and children, which are often rendered invisible by residence outside the home, or by men's (and women's) reluctance to see domestic responsibilities and nurturing behaviours as enhancing manhood.The second qualitative study focused on how adult family roles originate, in the socialization processes for boys and girls which begin within families, and are subsequently honed or retooled within the wider environmental contexts.The findings of the two studies informed a range of consequent activities aimed at broadening public debate on these issues and at informing programmes designed as interventions related to men's family roles generally and to issues of fatherhood specifically. Also reports on the findings of three subsequent studies that bear on issues of manhood and fatherhood conducted in Jamaica.....