Fatherhood and a child's education: Exploring the effects of a father's absence on the social, moral, and religious lives of children

Chrysogonus Onye Nwele, Fordham University

Abstract

This is a humanistic and interdisciplinary study of father-child interactive relationships and what happens to a child's life when a loving and involved father is absent. Specifically, the study explores how father absence affects children's psychosocial development, their economic well being, their religious life and their education. The study explores the causes and effects of father absence, and how father absence affects understandings of fatherhood. This researcher shows how father absence shapes children's religious perspectives, including their understanding of the father image of God. This researcher maintains that father absence endangers the affected children's education and religious formation and that proper prenuptial education and continued education on masculinity, fatherhood and parenthood on every level of learning can effectively reduce father absence in the United States The study offers practical suggestion about how religious educators and contemporary social institutions can reduce and in some case prevent father absence through lifelong education concerning family life, parenthood, masculinity and fatherhood. ^

Subject Area

Education, Religious|Sociology, Individual and Family Studies

Recommended Citation

Chrysogonus Onye Nwele, "Fatherhood and a child's education: Exploring the effects of a father's absence on the social, moral, and religious lives of children" (January 1, 2009). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3399513.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3399513

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