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Sentimentos sobre a paternidade e o envolvimento paterno: um estudo qualitativo

DOI: 10.1590/S0103-166X2007000400015

Keywords: chilhood development, fatherhood, parent child relations.

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the beliefs and expectations concerning father's role in childbearing had an extensive transformation in the last decades. however, little is known about how these changes are affecting the routine of parents and children, and how fathers are evaluating themselves in this role. based on a qualitative approach, the present study aimed to investigate the feelings concerning fatherhood and father involvement in three married fathers who had an only child, preschool-aged. the fathers were interviewed and their answers were examined through content analysis. the results revealed that fathers shared child rearing responsibilities with their wives. fathers believed that their participation in their children's life was very important and they are generally satisfied with fatherhood. however, there were important differences regarding father involvement, especially related to financial responsibilities and time available to their child.

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