Understanding Fathering among Native-American Men

  • Jeffrey Shears University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • Roe Bubar Colorado State University
  • Ronald C. Hall
Keywords: fathering, native american, race


This study explores fathering among self identified Native American men who have been identified as father or father figure to children involved in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. This research study highlights United States policies and their effects on Native American families particularly fathers. In addition, Native American fathers in this study reported that “being there” for their child was important and described how the manifestation of being there ranged from traditional to contemporary models of fathering. The article concludes with a discussion of specific issues that are important when working with Native fathers that may be of interest to social workers and social service practitioners.