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TACHIBANA, Miriam  and  REZENDE, Guilherme Goulart de. What is it like to be a father in a male single parent family?. Pensando fam. [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.2, pp.90-105. ISSN 1679-494X.

Although the majority of single-parent families is female, there is an increase in men who have been taking the place of exclusive parent. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the experience of men from male single parent families. Therefore, four parents were interviewed individually. After each interview, a transferential narrative was written by the interviewer, about that meeting, including his countertransference feelings. The set of the four narratives was analyzed psychoanalytically, with the Theory of the Fields of Herrmann. It was identified the fields “In tradition”, “Second chance” and “In improvisation”. It was observed that the participants had manifestations anchored in the patriarchal imaginary, but they experienced, in an improvised organized way, the possibility of being better parents than they had been or had ever had. In conclusion, the family configuration of the single parent type reveals itself, by excellence, as a field of investigation for the development of reflections on parenting in contemporary times.

Keywords : Paternity; Parenting; Family.

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