Attitudes of Young African American Fathers Toward Early Childbearing

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Objective: To qualitatively examine the perceptions of young fathers toward issues related to early childbearing. Methods: Focus groups were held with male partners of adolescent females who had become pregnant while participating in an HIV-prevention trial. Results: Primary domains that emerged included young male's desire for pregnancy, their attitudes toward father/child involvement, and their perceived social support as young fathers. Conclusions: Findings may help in developing gender-appropriate interventions to delay early childbearing and prevent HIV/STD transmission.

Keywords: African Americans; adolescent pregnancy; adolescents; fathers; males

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, Birmingham, AL. 2: Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS. 3: Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. 4: UAB School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Birmingham, AL.

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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