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Social Work


Although women are often viewed as primary caregivers of children, the twenty-first century social conditions are challenging men in the Latino community to assume an increasingly active role in raising children. This study explored the relationships between Latino fathers' masculine identity, caregiving and coping when faced with the demands generated by having a child diagnosed with cancer. The study pursued to inquire the relationship between Latino fathers’ masculinity, their caregiving activities, and how they cope with pediatric illness. Results indicated no significant relationship between masculinity and caregiving or coping. However, there was a significant relationship with conflict between work and leisure and two variables: coping and restricted emotionality. Categories that emerged from qualitative data highlighted fathers as providers, hospital staff and the quality of care, self-care/tending to emotional needs and maintaining hope and faith. The study provides guidance to healthcare providers about culturally-sensitive interventions. It also calls for development of interventions to assist in the creation of support systems to benefit Latino fathers who are coping with the life-threatening illness of their son or daughter.

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