The Best Kept Secret studies the often-overlooked group of single, African American custodial fathers. Filled with dynamic interviews and intriguing case studies, the author draws on qualitative research to paint a nuanced picture of the parenting experiences of these fathers and recommends policy changes to improve the situations for children and single parents-particularly these often-unseen fathers.
Roberta L. Coles is associate professor of sociology at Marquette University.
Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introducing a New Concept: Black Single Custodial Fathers Chapter 2: Choosing to Parent on Their Own Chapter 3: Being All Things to their Children: Parenting Roles and Behavioral Goals Chapter 4: Fathering Daughters and Sons: The Role of the Child's Gender Chapter 5: Negotiating Racial Identity and Socialization Chapter 6: Is Fathering Good for Fathers? Chapter 7: Single Custodial Fathers and Institutional Policies References Index About the Author