Perception vs. reality: Fathers and their families
Stokes, Mary Elizabeth
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The purpose of this research study is to examine the interactions and realities of resident and nonresident fathers' support of their children based on the mothers' perception of the material, emotional, and socioeconomic support that fathers provide for their families.;The key research question is how supportive are fathers, resident and nonresident, of their children, according to mothers. Study questions and hypotheses address the actual support provided by fathers, to their children and families, according to mothers. The independent variables are resident fathers, nonresident fathers, family, role model, relationship between parents, and support. The dependent variables are parenting, socio-emotional support, material support, financial support, and quality time.;The Administration for Children's Services of New York City and the Committee on Clinical Investigation, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Yeshiva University approved the study. The survey is made up of closed-ended questions. A cover letter that guaranteed confidentiality and anonymity with a stamped self-addressed envelope were included in the package, and successfully hand delivered to 170 mothers employed by the Administration for Children Services.