Method Paper One utilized qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with 15 African American fathers. These men were fathers of children living in informal kinship care arrangements with maternal or paternal relatives. Data were coded and analyzed by three team members, two Black women and one Black man, using the rigorous and accelerated data reduction (RaDaR) technique. Paper Two employed semi-structured qualitative interviews with 6 African American families that were engaged in kinship care arrangements. Both caregivers and biological parents were interviewed to better understand the coparenting dynamics present within their coparenting relationships. A phenomenological approach was used to guide analysis. Paper Three utilized a mixed methods approach to explore the impacts of relational dynamics on the involvement levels of African American fathers who were coparenting with ex-romantic partners. The quantitative data(n= 110) was analyzed using multiple regression and canonical correlation analysis. This was followed by a thematic analysis of qualitative semi-structured (n=8) interviews.
Results Paper One highlights findings on fathers' perceptions of the lack of shared decision making in the coparenting relationship with relative caregivers. Paper Two highlights the differences in perception of parental involvement among kinship caregivers and biological parents in the context of coparenting. Paper Three highlights the factors that contribute to strains within the coparenting relationship among African American nonresident fathers and their non-romantic partners.
Implications Coparenting data from African American parents' perspectives and data on coparenting in the context of kinship care are only scarcely available. Collectively, these papers advance the scientific knowledge base on family dynamics from the perspective of African American parents and the non-romantic partners with whom they share child rearing responsibilities. Implications for social work intervention, policy, and practice are discussed.