Social Work Practice with West Indian Migrant Fathers
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
West Indians, father involvement, migration
Social workers lack research and practice knowledge related to the challenges faced by West Indian men who migrate to the United States. This article is based on a qualitative study with 76 West Indian immigrant men and women who discuss father involvement. Findings from questionnaires and in-depth interviews indicate contextual factors that impact men’s involvement with their children, including relationship status and conflict, household structure, divergent approaches to parenting, and men’s employment and enrollment in school. The authors discuss implications for social work intervention in order to address interpersonal and environmental issues that hamper optimal father involvement for these migrant men.
Gentles-Gibbs, N. & Gibbs, L. (2017). Social work practice with black West Indian migrant fathers. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2017.1416322.