Making Room for Daddy
The Unmarried Adolescent Father’s Role in Pregnancy
This chapter describes ideal and expected fatherhood behavior during pregnancy from the perspectives of unmarried, low-income, African American adolescent expectant fathers. It is important to know what these young fathers expect from themselves and how they view their role during the prenatal period, because these fathers are often a significant source of support for adolescent mothers. Johnson (2001) reported that despite high levels of involvement during pregnancy, unwed nonresidential fathers have weaker intentions for future involvement with their children and commitment to fatherhood. The chapter contributes to knowledge of the intentions of unwed nonresidential adolescent fathers to provide emotional support, care, and economic support for their children and the mothers of their children.
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