Fatherhood and immigration: Challenging the deficit theory

Dorit Roer-Strier*, Roni Strier, David Este, Rena Shimoni, Dawne Clark

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Most immigration studies focus on the negative consequences of immigration for families and for parenting. Immigration is also viewed as a factor that undermines fathers' capacity to implement their fathering roles. The impact of immigration on fathers has received very little attention. This paper is based on 54 interviews with immigrant fathers to Canada and Israel. Based on qualitative data, the paper investigates immigrant fathers' perceptions of fatherhood in the midst of cultural change. This paper challenges the widely held notion that immigration itself is a risk factor for fatherhood. It focuses rather on the systemic barriers and obstacles facing immigrant fathers in their new country and the positive opportunities this change presents. Implications for intervention and policies concerning immigrant families are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)315-329
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • Cultural transition
  • Family
  • Fatherhood
  • Immigration
  • Parental roles
  • Risk


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