Journal article

Engaging Men as Fathers: How Gender Influences Men's Involvement in Australian Family Health Services

Naomi Pfitzner, Cathy Humphreys, Kelsey Hegarty

JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Despite claims of “new” and “involved” fathers, research shows men’s actual fathering practices remain relatively unchanged. Increasing attention is being paid to the influence of child and family services on father engagement with calls from researchers and practitioners for a game change in parenting interventions. In this article, we draw on case study data to examine how gender impacts on maternal and child health services’ engagement with new fathers in respectful relationships programs. Our analysis shows that gender shapes men’s fathering and consequently their involvement in programs that seek to engage men as fathers. These gendered behaviors intersect with the practices, policies, ..

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