Document Type

Conceptual Paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Erika Walker-Cash


This paper will explain the factors that contribute to absenteeism among African American fathers and conceptualize a relationship linking father absence to the academic and behavior outcomes of School-aged African American males. Through a systematic review of literature, the author was able to link father absence to the academics and behavior of school-aged African American males. Using the Afrocentric Perspective and the Family Systems theoretical framework, this relational study provides insight to father absenteeism as an urgent social issue, the impact this issue presents to school-aged African American males, and recommendations to help resolve the issue.

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