Building Social Skills: A Qualitative Study of Relationships Between Stay-At-Home Fathers and Their Preschool Children
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Building social skills: A qualitative study of relationships between stay-at-home fathers (SAHF) and their 2.5 to 4-year-old children is a presentation of two SAHF-child dyad case studies. With the rise in the number of SAHFs, observational data between SAHFs and their children is lacking in the literature. The purpose and primary focus of this study was to examine the interactions between SAHFs and their preschool children, focusing on father involvement. A secondary focus for this study was to explore the availability and responsibility of SAHFs with their preschool children. Two research questions guided this study: 1.) “What types of interactions occur between SAHFs with their 2.5 to 4-year-old children?” and 2.) “What are the thoughts of SAHFs when interacting with their children?” Data for each case study consisted of an initial interview with the SAHF, two observations between the SAHF and child, and two stimulated recall interviews within 48 hours of observations. Themes found with Case Study One, Dan and Lou were teaching social skills, communication, “big kid,” basketball techniques, entertain herself, taking care of physical needs of child, sarcasm, know your child, “mindful,” and not missing out. Themes with Case Study Two, Arnie and Sally were teaching, “showing affection,” caring for Sally’s needs, safety concerns, “remaining engaged,” “just a bonding thing,” “let her figure it out,” and “testing boundaries.” This study provides insight to the types of interactions observed between SAHFs and preschool children and SAHFs’ thoughts behind these interactions.
Sweet, Kayla S (2017). Building Social Skills: A Qualitative Study of Relationships Between Stay-At-Home Fathers and Their Preschool Children. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from