The Unmarried Father - Has He Changed? A Statistical Analysis of 200 Cases Active in St. Mary's Shelter, New York Foundling Hospital, 1939 and 1949
Who is he? What is he like? What are his attitudes toward paternity and marriage? Has he changed over the course of the years? These and many other questions are being raised as the changing attitude of both lay people and social workers shows an increasing interest in the person of the unmarried father. Prior to the twentieth century, the unmarried father could have been classified as the pilloried or the forgotten man. With the advent of the twentieth century, accompanied by the increasing interest in the problems of the unwed mother, concern began to be shown particularly by social agencies in relation to the man involved in the picture. Since then, unfortunately, the main focus has been on his responsibilities for the child in financial areas, rather than how the unmarried father himself could be helped as a person. "He not only has problems, he is one; and something ought to be done about him without delay." Two agencies known to have given much consideration to the need for case work services for the unmarried father are the Hastings House in Boston and the Hennipin County Department of Public Welfare in Minnesota.
Public administration|Individual & family studies|Social work
Zaccardo, Marie Antoinette Cecilia, "The Unmarried Father - Has He Changed? A Statistical Analysis of 200 Cases Active in St. Mary's Shelter, New York Foundling Hospital, 1939 and 1949" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509584.