College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 03:29:52


Social Work

Honors Course

7750 499-001/7750 499-002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


Households led by single, custodial fathers (SCFs) are increasing in the United States, so the need for further research into this population is critical. To best serve this population, it is important for social work professionals to understand the challenges facing these families, their unique experiences, and the best practices. For this purpose, 33 academic journal articles about SCFs were reviewed and the following seven areas were discussed: (1) fatherhood experiences, (2) overall challenges for SCFs, (3) overall perception of SCFs, (4) economic impact, (5) deviance of youth, (6) academic achievement of the children of SCFs, and (7) applicable interventions. This population was examined through the lens of the social work profession and comparisons were drawn between this family configuration and other family dynamics, specifically single, custodial mothers (SCMs). Findings showed that SCFs experience bias from the public and social work profession and legal, economic, and parenting challenges. More research is needed particularly in specific interventions for SCFs. Suggestions for social work practice include looking past gender biases and stereotypes, recognizing the cultural diversity in this population, and improving educational opportunities and self-efficacy.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Jina Sang

First Reader

Rebecca Cool

Second Reader

Dr. Baomei Zhao

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jina Sang



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