Father's Perceptions about Their Fathering Role


  • Tammy Lynn Stubley University of Northern British Columbia
  • Marcela Rojas University of Northern British Columbia
  • Cassandra McCroy




Fatherhood, fathering role, fathers, paternal role.


This literature review explores scholarly contributions about the historical factors and modern day considerations that have served to shape our understanding of the fathering role. Human history has bared witness to significant shifts in perceptions concerning the role of the patriarch within the context of both familial and social structures. Socio-economic factors have served to shape the modern conceptualization of fatherhood. Fathers must face both external and internal attitudes about their role. The impact of these attitudes and the systems they inform has led to concerns about the parent-child attachment process. Global attitudes and expectation about the paternal role have also led to concerns about the safety and well-being of children. Faced with challenges that range from societal expectations and preconceived notions, to systemic challenges, fathers today must become strong advocates for their right to influence and participate in the lives of their children.

Author Biographies

Tammy Lynn Stubley, University of Northern British Columbia

Assitant ProfessorSchool of Social Work

Marcela Rojas, University of Northern British Columbia

Instructor-Continuing Studies

Cassandra McCroy

University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Canada.



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