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Social Work With African American MalesHealth, Mental Health, and Social Policy$
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Waldo E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.001.0001

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Intergenerational Support and Reciprocity Between Low-Income African American Fathers and Their Aging Mothers

Intergenerational Support and Reciprocity Between Low-Income African American Fathers and Their Aging Mothers

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(p.42) 3 Intergenerational Support and Reciprocity Between Low-Income African American Fathers and Their Aging Mothers
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Social Work With African American Males
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Kevin M. Roy

Omari L. Dyson

Ja-Nee Jackson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.003.0003

This chapter explores men's perceptions of a vital relationship in their lives: the one they have with their own mothers. It examines how men are socialized at early ages into parenting behavior, and the roles that their mothers play in “teaching” them to be fathers. It addresses: unfolding reciprocity between aging mothers and their adult sons, with a focus on shared residency and household responsibilities; kin work, through care offered by paternal grandmothers, which helps to secure involvement of nonresidential fathers; and exchange of financial, emotional, and social support. The chapter concludes with implications for family policies, and work with African American fathers in community-based programs and interventions.

Keywords:   African American males, mothers and sons, parenting behavior, aging mothers, fatherhood, social support

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