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Responses of adolescents regarding the indispensable role of the Christian father as mentor within the family: A qualitative study

Fazel E. Freeks
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 51, No 1 | a2255 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i1.2255 | © 2017 Fazel E. Freeks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 March 2017 | Published: 29 September 2017

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Fazel E. Freeks, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa

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This empirical study explored and described the views about the Christian father as mentor within the family. An explorative, descriptive and interpretive qualitative design was followed in this research using purposive sampling. Respondents were selected by knowledge of the problem of father absence, mentoring, community involvement, leadership and prominence in society. Data was collected by means of in-depth interviews, and field notes were taken after each in-depth interview. Data analysis was conducted using open coding as well as an independent co-coder. The results of the empirical research in which respondents were involved, indicated that the Christian father as mentor is crucial and relevant in the current situation of families. Mentoring by the father is fundamental in the lives of children, and should be implemented and emphasised in the family context. As mentor, the father should nurture their souls and shape their character in order to become complete, whole and, by the grace of God, holy before him.


Christian father; mentor; responses; adolescents


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