Young Hispanic fathers during COVID-19: Balancing parenthood, finding strength, and maintaining hope

Pamela Recto, Janna Lesser

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Objectives: This study examined how the effects of the COVID-19 crisis has impacted young Hispanic fathers. Design/Sample: Using qualitative description, in-depth interviews were conducted among Hispanic fathers between the ages of 18 and 24 years, from community-based fatherhood program. The interviews of seven young Hispanic fathers were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The participants’ initial and ongoing fears about COVID-19 resulted from not having adequate information about the severity of the disease and how easily one can contract and transmit it to others. They also expressed concerns about the threat of the pandemic on their family's well-being, finances, and employment status. Providing for their families was their main priority, with some continuing to work, despite the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19. Despite their many hardships, fathers found strength in their families and remained hopeful in overcoming the challenges during the pandemic. Conclusions: The pandemic has presented difficulties and loss for many. Nurses in the community are well positioned to serve young Hispanic fathers to ensure their needs are met. A family-centered approach is ideal for young fathers to provide them equal opportunity to be actively involved in promoting health for themselves and their families during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Hispanics
  • fatherhood
  • young fathers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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