(Satellite Location: East Erie) Footsteps of our Fathers: A Discussion on Fatherhood

June 16th,2022 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Parris  Baker, Ph.D.

Good or bad experiences alike, most of us parent the way we were parented. That's irrespective of a parent's presence or absence. Of the 73 million children (less than 18 years) 18.4 million or 25% (1 in 4 children) live without a biological, stepdad, or adoptive father in the home where they reside. David Blankenhorn, President of the Institute for American Values, stated in 1996 that the U.S. is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. Moreover, unless we reverse the trend of fatherlessness no other set of accomplishments--not economic growth or prison construction, welfare reform, or better schools--will succeed in arresting the decline of child well-being and the spread of male violence. Research has produced insufficient and inadequate information about the importance of fathers in families. Much of the extant correlational research has focused on father absence and its association with negative outcomes for children. How do fathers contribute to the well-being of their children and what are the factors that may increase and sustain father involvement? This presentation will examine father-child involvement, beginning with the concept of cognitive conception, variables associated with increased involvement by custodial and noncustodial fathers, and discuss the significant contributions fathers create in families.

A reception will follow this presentation, which all guests are invited to! 


Location: Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT)—650 East Ave. Suite 120, Erie, PA 16503.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 16 @ 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Parking: lot at front entrance, street parking

What to bring: Proof of full vaccination (this includes booster shot) and identification. Please read our full Covid-19 policy here (updated April 1, 2022).

Parris  Baker, Ph.D.

Parris J. Baker, PhD., MSSA, is an Associate Professor and Director, Social Work, Mortuary Science, and Gerontology Programs, Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work at Gannon University. Dr. Baker is also a faculty member with the Erie Psychological Consortium Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Program and the Erie Bible College. An ordained Elder, Dr. Baker is pastor of Believer’s International Worship Center, Inc., and founder/director of Men of Valor Ministries and the Abba Fathers Program. His research interests include African-American fathers, incarcerated fathers, and non-custodial fathers, community and teenage violence, childhood poverty, cultural diversity, individual difference, and inclusion.