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DIS PhD M35 A58 2002 (COL)
"Malasakit at aruga ng ama" : a phenomenological exploration of generative parenting
by Antonio, Angelito Z.
xiii, 359 leaves; 28 cm.

©2002 Published by Miriam College, Graduate School , Quezon City
Dissertation (Doctor of Philosophy in Child and Family Studies) -- Miriam College, 2002.
ABSTRACT:  This study explored the phenomenon of generative fathering through fathers' narrative accounts about how they connect with and care for their children. Using a generative perspective, the study focused on the deeper, highly qualitative nuances of "good fathering" as experienced by Filipino fathers in different circumstances. Empirical phenomenology was the approach used to provide rich, accurate and vivid documentation of the lived experiences of the fathers and to reveal the essence and meanings of their experience of caring and nurturing for the next generation. Fifteen fathers residing in metro manila whose unique conditions belong to one of the following categories served as the co-researchers in the study: (1) uncoupled (separated) fathers whose children are under their immediate custody and care; (2) widowers within the last 10 years and still have children to take care of; 3) fathers whose wife are overseas workers and have children to attend to also; and 4) fathers who remain as husbands. The selection of the co-researchers was done through the endorsement of peers and associates who personally knew of men in those four fathering circumstances. The testimonies of these referees became the basis for confirming each of the fifteen co-researchers as "good fathers". The phenomenological interview, combined with the narrative approach, was the main data gathering procedure. The narratives told by the fathers consisted of stories about nurturing experiences they had with their children and remembered experiences of being fathered (or not fathered). Each father reviewed the hard copy of the narrative and approved it as accurately reporting his experiences and reflections. The methods of analysis for this study were primarily done through explication and interpretation. The process involves 1) entering the text; 2) sense-making; 3) verification; 4) synthesis. Certain forms of inquiry such as indwelling, incubation, and use of alternative state of consciousness and imagination helped facilitate the process of exploring the narratives and doing interpretations on the generative meanings drawn from the narratives. The essence of generative fathering as a diverse and multilayered phenomenon is revealed in three major core themes: a) Generativity as a commitment, b) Generativity as anchored faith, and c) Generativity through healed memories. Under the category of generativity as a commitment, four sub-themes emerges: 1) Generative fathering as a call to sacrifice, 2) Generative fathering as a call to communication, 3) Generative fathering as a call to change, and 4) Generative fathering as a call to balancing with work and family. Faith provided illumination to the transcendent experiences of the fifteen fathers. Generativity through healed memories synthesized the reflections of the fathers on their experiences of being fathered. The fathers in this phenomenological inquiry provided clues for saying that it is possible for fathers to share with mothers the nurturing characteristic of parenthood. The documentation of fathering narratives and the emergence of core themes that outlined some of the areas of fathers' caring behavior provided a beginning for conducting family life education for Filipino fathers. Programs must address various aspects of fathering identity such as spiritually, value system, intimacy, relationship skills, conflict resolution and a sense of commitment and responsibility. Addressing these aspects will enable fathers to achieve the full range of generative fathering opportunities. The study suggests that further research should be done to extend and verify some of the themes and patterns generated by the narratives and communication, integrational discipline, balancing work and family and spirituality.
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