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Fathers Raising Motherless Children: Widowed Men Give Voice to Their Lived Experiences.

  • Academic Journal
  • Omega: Journal of Death & Dying; Mar2018, Vol. 76 Issue 4, p307-327, 21p
  • Little is known about the experiences of widowed men with dependent children. With such limited knowledge it is not clear how mental health professionals can assist this population. In this qualitative case study the researcher describes the experiences of ten widowed fathers from the Southeastern United States as they struggle with their new parenting responsibilities after the death of their wives and their children's mothers. The researcher used an inductive constant comparative method to reveal themes. The interview data revealed three themes: Ways to Cope, Concerns, and Newfound Respect. These themes and their subcategories are presented together with suggestions on how to assist widowers with dependent children. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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