A Black Perspective on the Father's Role in Child Development
The purpose of this paper is to examine the origins of some of the commonly held stereotypes of the B lack father's role in the family, to review some of the empirical evidence related to these stereotypes and to present some empirical studies that evaluate the B lack father's role performance and socialization practices from a more realistic perspective . A goal of this presentation is to present empirical evidence that evaluates the absent father as a by-product of slavery syndrome myth that has been perpetuated by social science literature . Another goal is to help the participants to understand that Black fathers in their socialization practices utilize the same range of parenting practices found in men of all ethnic groups. Further, that these behaviors, attitudes and beliefs vary in the same way given political, economic and social realities of their situation.