YOUNG UNMARRIED FATHERS’ EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF FATHERHOOD

Thembelihle Makhanya, Carmel Matthias

Abstract


This article is based on a qualitative research study focusing on young unmarried fathers’ experiences and perceptions of fatherhood.  Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine fathers in KwaZulu-Natal. The participants had a total of fifteen children, four of whom lived with their fathers and paternal families. Findings indicated that high unemployment, non-payment of maintenance and cultural damages, and disputes with mothers and maternal families impacted significantly on father-child contact.  All the participants wished to be more involved with their children and their conception of fatherhood extended beyond being just a provider to more nurturing roles.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15270/54-2-636

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