Fathers in situational crisis: A comparison of Asian and Western cultures

Yun Shan Tseng, M. Terese Verklan

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    The purpose of this synthesis was to compare the difference between Asian and Western fathers 'perceptions of their roles when confronted with situational crises involving their children. Twenty-two studies were reviewed and assigned to one of two categories: the father experiencing a situational crisis related to his child's illness or cultural influences on the paternal role. The results indicated that Asian and Western fathers' perceptions of crises do not differ greatly. It was concluded that there exists a gap in the literature with respect to the knowledge of Asian fathers' situational crisis surrounding their child's illness, their coping strategies when faced with their child's illness, as well as their emotional reactions toward family health. Future research should investigate the single or same-gender father's perceptions and emotional reactions in both Asian and Western cultures.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)229-240
    Number of pages12
    JournalNursing and Health Sciences
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Aug 12 2008


    • Aanxiety
    • Culture
    • Family
    • Father
    • Situational crisis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)


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