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Welcome to the Black Fatherhood & Families

Research Repository!

Please note that some of the articles listed below may not be openly accessible to the public. However, if you are interested in obtaining the full text of any of these articles, you may use the interlibrary loan program of any library with which you have affiliation (i.e., public, academic, etc.). Often, there is no cost for interlibrary loan services. But, if there is a fee at all, it is usually less than the cost of purchasing the article outright.

Also, if you are a researcher and would like to share your work with us to include in our repository,or if you are aware of any citations that are currently missing from our list, please feel free to share them with us by clicking on the button below.

Coleman, A., O'Neil, J. M., Caldwell, C. H., & Ferris, A. M. (2019). Black fathers matter: The role of paternal closeness on adolescent male obesity. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 20(2), 174–181.

Cooper, S. M., Ross, L., Dues, A., Golden, A. R., & Burnett, M. (2019). Intergenerational factors, fatherhood beliefs, and African American fathers’ involvement: Building the case for a mediated pathway. Journal of Family Issues, 40(15), 2047-2075.

Cooper, S. M., Smalls-Glover, C., Neblett, E. W., & Banks, K. H. (2015). Racial socialization practices among African American fathers: A profile-oriented approach. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16(1), 11.

Cooper, S. M. (2009). Associations between father-daughter relationship quality and the academic engagement of African American adolescent girls: Self-esteem as a mediator?. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(4), 495-516.

Cooper, S. M., Banerjee, M., Griffin, C. B., Glover, C. S., Shaheed, J., McBride, M., & Burnett, M. A. (2019). African American fathers’ race-related discussions with their children: Associations with racial identity beliefs and sociodemographic factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(10), 2800-2812.

Cooper, S. M., Metzger, I., Georgeson, A., Golden, A. R., Burnett, M., & White, C. N. (2019). Communicative support and parental knowledge among African American residential fathers: Longitudinal associations with adolescent substance use. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(12), 3433-3445.

Julion, W. A., Sumo, J. N., & Bounds, D. T. (2018). A tripartite model for recruiting African‐Americans into fatherhood intervention research. Public Health Nursing, 35(5), 420-426.

Julion, W. A., Breitenstein, S. M., & Waddell, D. (2012). Fatherhood intervention development in collaboration with African American non‐resident fathers. Research in Nursing & Health, 35(5), 490-506.

Julion, W., Gross, D., Barclay‐McLaughlin, G., & Fogg, L. (2007). “It's not just about MOMMAS”: African‐American non‐resident fathers' views of paternal involvement. Research in Nursing & Health, 30(6), 595-610.

Julion, W. A., Bounds, D. T., Breitenstein, S. M., Schoeny, M., Gross, D., & Fogg, L. (2016). Study protocol for a randomized clinical trial of a fatherhood intervention for African American non-resident fathers: Can we improve father and child outcomes?. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 49, 29-39.

Doyle, O., Joe, S., & Caldwell, C. H. (2012). Ethnic differences in mental illness and mental health service use among Black fathers. American Journal of Public Health, 102(S2), S222-S231.

Doyle, O., Clark Goings, T., Cryer‐Coupet, Q. R., Lombe, M., Stephens, J., & Nebbitt, V. E. (2017). Paternal caregivers’ parenting practices and psychological functioning among African American youth living in urban public housing. Family Process, 56(3), 752-765.

Doyle, O., Goldston, D. B., Dzirasa, E., Fontes, M., Estroff, S., & Burriss, A. (2014). “You gotta have a good help mate”: African American fathers’ co-parenting experiences. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 15(4), 377.

Doyle, O., Magan, I., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Goldston, D. B., & Estroff, S. E. (2016). “Don’t wait for it to rain to buy an umbrella:” The transmission of values from African American fathers to sons. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 17(4), 309.

Doyle, O., Clark, T. T., Cryer-Coupet, Q., Nebbitt, V. E., Goldston, D. B., Estroff, S. E., & Magan, I. (2015). Unheard voices: African American fathers speak about their parenting practices. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16(3), 274.

Jackson, A. P., Choi, J. K., & Preston, K. S. (2019). Harsh parenting and Black boys' behavior problems: single mothers' parenting stress and nonresident fathers' involvement. Family Relations, 68(4), 436-449.

Bamishigbin Jr, O. N., Schetter, C. D., & Stanton, A. L. (2019). The antecedents and consequences of adolescent fatherhood: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 232, 106-119.

McLeod, B. A., Johnson Jr, W. E., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., & Mincy, R. B. (2019). Examining the longitudinal effects of paternal incarceration and coparenting relationships on sons' educational outcomes: A mediation analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 362-375.

Coakley, T. M., Washington, T., & Gruber, K. (2018). Assessing child welfare agency practices and attitudes that affect father engagement. Journal of Social Service Research, 44(3), 365-374.

McLeod PhD, MSW, B. A. (2020). “Hello group, I need advice”: A Textual Analysis of Black Fathers' Help‐Seeking Posts on Facebook. Family Relations, 69(5), 944-955. DOI:10.1111/fare.12500

Allen, Q. (2016). ‘Tell your own story’: manhood, masculinity and racial socialization among black fathers and their sons. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(10), 1831-1848. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1110608

Henson, A. (2020). Desistance, persistence, resilience and resistance: A qualitative exploration of how Black fathers with criminal records navigate employer discrimination. Punishment & Society.

Scholarship and Research Contributions of Black Female Fatherhood Scholars (BFFs)


Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Dorsey, M. S., Lemmons, B. P., & Hope, E. C. (2020). Examining multiple dimensions of father involvement as predictors of risk-taking intentions among black adolescent females. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104604.

Lemmons, B. P., & Johnson, W. E. (2019). Game changers: A critical race theory analysis of the economic, social, and political factors impacting Black fatherhood and family formation. Social Work in Public Health.

Lemmons, B. P., Bamishigbin, O. N., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Lewis, E. M., Dorsey, M. S., & Johnson, S. (2021). Exploring the determinants of discipline and monitoring among non-resident African American fathers. Children and Youth Services Review, 125, 106004.

Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Stokes, M. N., Lemmons, B. P., & Dorsey, M. (2021). Engaging Nonresident Fathers: Exploring Collaborative Competencies in Support of Family-Centered Practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 31(8), 880-892.

Lewis, E. M., Lemmons, B. P., & Woolley, M. E. (2021). The ties that bind: An exploration of son-in-law and father-in-law relationships in Black families. Psychology of Men & Masculinities.

Dorsey, M. (2020). Paternal presence as a protective factor for a Black daughter's teen births. Journal of Family Strengths, 20(1), 3.

Johnson Jr, W. E., Dorsey, M. S., Rich, L. M., & Brooks, L. L. (2020). “Remain calm, negotiate or defer but by all means, call me”: Father-son communication to keep sons safe from violence involvement and victimization. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 71, 101213.

Dorsey, M. S., & Williams-Butler, A. (2022). Theoretical considerations for the development of urban black adolescent females. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 32(1), 54-66.

Gale, A., & Dorsey, M. (2020). Does the context of racial discrimination matter for adolescent school outcomes?: The impact of in-school racial discrimination and general racial discrimination on Black adolescents’ outcomes. Race and Social Problems, 12(2), 171-185.

Dorsey, M. S. (2020). # Blackgirlsmatter: Turning the tide of historical injustice toward civil and social restitution. Journal of Poverty, 24(5-6), 369-388.

Williams-Butler, A., Gale, A., & Dorsey, M. (2020). Gender differences among Black adolescents in foster care: The relationship between relational permanence and psychological well-being. Journal of public child welfare, 14(4), 374-394.

Rollins, L. S. (Ed.). (2020). Engaging and working with African American fathers: Strategies and lessons learned. Routledge.

Rollins, L., Sy, A., Crowell, N., Rivers, D., Miller, A., Cooper, P., ... & Ofili, E. (2018). Learning and action in community health: Using the health belief model to assess and educate African American Community residents about participation in clinical research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9), 1862.

Alston, T. L. (2021). African American Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Education. Rowman & Littlefield.

Murray, F. L., & Hwang, S. H. (2020). Exploring parenting influences: Married African American fathers' perspectives. The Qualitative Report, 25(2), 553-568. 

Murray, F., & Hwang, S. H. (2015). Perceived father roles of married African American men: A phenomenological study. The Qualitative Report, 20(8), 1185-1204.

Akande, K. A., & Heath, C. J. (2019). Mediating effects of maternal gatekeeping on nonresident Black fathers’ paternal stressors. In Transitions into Parenthood: Examining the Complexities of Childrearing. Emerald Publishing Limited.

Coleman, A., Lemmons, B. P., Rollins, L., O'Neil, J. M., Caldwell, C. H., & Ferris, A. M. (2021). Predictors of Father-Son Closeness among African American and Caribbean Black Adolescents. Phylon (1960-), 58(1/2), 3-20.

Hong, P. Y. P., Lewis, D., Park, J. H., Hong, R., & Davies, E. (2021). Transforming Impossible into Possible (TIP) for fatherhood: An empowerment-based social work intervention. Research on Social Work Practice, 31(8), 826-835.

Lewis, D., & Hong, P. Y. P. (2020). Incapacitated fatherhood: The impact of mass incarceration on Black father identity. Qualitative Criminology.  

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