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Attention to Black men's fathering styles, especially those who have children with autism, has been largely overlooked. This study presents the narratives of six Black American fathers of individuals with autism and how autism influences their fathering practice. Results suggest fathering individuals with autism can yield greater patience in fathering practice, amidst some normative challenges associated with the diagnosis. Family therapists serving Black families and fathers of children with autism can enhance the therapeutic alliance by acknowledging cultural influences on fathering and family practices. Recommendations for clinical practice and research are shared. Practitioner points: Autism influences family systems in unique ways across racial groups that can require family therapy There is little scholarship about how children's autism diagnoses influences Black fathers and families Children's autism influence on Black fathers can yield changes in fathering practice, including increased patience Culturally responsive practice includes acknowledging cultural influences on fathering style and personal growth as a consequence of autism.



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Hannon, M. D., White, E. E., & Nadrich, T. (2018). Influence of autism on fathering style among Black American fathers: a narrative inquiry. Journal of Family Therapy, 40(2), 224-246.