Perspectives of Non-residential African American Fathers: A Qualitative Study

Perspectives of Non-residential African American Fathers: A Qualitative Study

Author: 
Mike Dennard, Jr.
Program of study: 
Ed.D.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore life experiences, perspectives, and beliefs of non-residential fathers who strive to maintain a parenting role in the lives of their children. This study further explored the transmission of these experiences, perspectives, and beliefs from the fathers and grandfathers in nonresidential parenting roles to their children. Interviews were conducted and questions explored and assessed these fathers’ abilities to uphold their views without being directly involved in the lives of their children. The study population was African American nonresidential fathers, over the age of 18 years. The sample group consisted of 12 participants. Findings from the interviews showed the need for personal empowerment among children, which could have been the result of positive emotional and physical experiences of relationships with nonresidential fathers.
Dedication: 
I dedicate this dissertation to my deceased parents Mike Dennard, Sr., and Mrs. Corrie Lee Luke-Dennard. This study is also dedicated to my lovely wife Merita Dennard, my sisters and brothers, Gloria Jean Dennis, Brenda, Clisby, Travis, my children, Taco, Fabian, and Ivy Dennard, and a friend Dr. Munich Ware-Cabble. Further, this study is dedicated for the betterment of relationships to nonresidential fathers and their children throughout the world. My desire is that all fathers continue to have successful relationships with their children.
Acknowledgements: 
Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in (me) will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). To God Be the Glory for the things He has done and continues to do in my life! I thank Him at all times. The Writing of this dissertation has been a testimony to God and his grace. All praises go to Him. I want to thank my family for the ultimate sacrifice of allowing me to complete this undertaking with few interruptions and distractions. I also thank my wife Merita for her support, my sister Gloria J.-Dennis, and the rest of my family for their support and guidance in completing the entire process. Also, I would like to thank my chair Dr. Linda Ellis-Brown and my committee members Dr. Jaclyn Krause and Dr. Julio Decarvalho. There is no way I could have completed this journey without such a great dissertation team.