6Low-Income Fathers as Resilient Caregivers

Kevin M. Roy, Rob Palkovitz, Damian Waters

In the wake of economic recession across the globe, and after decades of critical shifts in how we work and live in communities and families, young disadvantaged men are perhaps the population most at risk for disconnection from work and family life that are the markers of successful adulthood. The number of low-income men (between the ages of 18 and 44 and living at twice the Federal Poverty Line) has grown 26%, from 13 million in 2000 to 16.5 million in 2010. This population accounts for 28% of all men living in the United States (McDaniel, Simms, Fortuny, and Monson, 2013).

Men may play a more significant role in family life as they take on normative roles as they age, and even many men who start out absent from their children's lives become more involved as they age. Townsend (2002) identified a set of normative roles – including ...

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