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Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering ; 83(12-B):No Pagination Specified, 2022.
Article in English | APA PsycInfo | ID: covidwho-2073967

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Despite long-held, traditional gender role expectations in our society, fathers are seeing their roles as more than breadwinners and are contributing to caregiving duties at increasing rates. As a result, fathers are actively balancing participation in their home and work environments. As scholars produce literature on working fathers, it is essential to consider how specific occupations affect the work-life balance efforts of these parents. Scholars who study the experiences of faculty parents have often studied the perspectives of mothers. Fathers have received less scholarly attention. Factors related to gender norms, racial socialization, and climate may influence the experiences of fathers who were faculty members. Additionally, the COVID-19 global pandemic may present issues that affect the lived experiences of African American fathers who were faculty members, related to their workload and increased Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF). This research could make contributions not only to the literature on work-life balance for faculty parents but also to the literature on working fathers in particular.Therefore, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of African American fathers who were faculty members. I used social role theory as a theoretical guide. Using 20 semi-structured interviews via Zoom, I sought to provide insights into these men's lives. This information could be useful to those who support African American fathers who were faculty members, including coparents, institutional and departmental administrators, policymakers, faculty colleagues as well as faculty members themselves.The results were grouped into four findings. The first finding, Environmental Contexts and the Roles of Father and Faculty Member, focused on the contexts that both the COVID-19 pandemic and the sociopolitical climate created for this group of fathers. The second finding, Interpreting the Narratives of Black Men and Absent Black Fathers showed that the participants were aware of stereotypes and narratives of African American men as absent Black fathers. An emergent third finding related to Social Support and Work-Life Balance, was that most study participants were members of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) and found instrumental, informational, and emotional social support from these relationships. Finally, through the fourth finding of this study, Microaggressions and Implicit Bias at Work, I revealed that experiences with microaggressions in the work environment, related to the participants being perceived as intimidating or characterized as the Angry Black Man, was a source of Mundane Extreme Environmental Stress (M.E.E.S.) for some participants. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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