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Views of mothers on the fundamental role of the Christian father as mentor in a nuclear family environment

Fazel E. Freeks
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 1 | a2365 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i1.2365 | © 2018 Fazel E. Freeks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 March 2018 | Published: 15 November 2018

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

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The present empirical study explored and described the views of mothers elicited through in-depth interviews. This research followed an explorative, interpretive and descriptive qualitative design by using purposive voluntary sampling. Mothers were selected by their lived experience and knowledge of the father absence problem, leadership, prominence in society, and involvement in their community. Data was collected through in-depth interviews, and field notes were taken. The data was analysed through open coding. The results of the empirical research in which mothers were involved indicated that the Christian father as mentor is deemed crucial and relevant within current families. Mentoring by the father is vital in the lives of children and should be implemented and emphasised within the family context. As mentor, the father should nurture the children spiritually and shape their character, thus helping them become complete, whole and, by the grace of God, holy ‘before God’ (coram Deo).


views; mothers; fundamental role; Christian father; mentor; nuclear family


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