Journal article

Heterosexual Gender Relations In and Around Childhood Risk and Safety

Mariana Brussoni, Lise L Olsen, Genevieve Creighton, John L Oliffe

QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

Injuries are a leading cause of child death, and safety interventions frequently target mothers. Fathers are largely ignored despite their increasing childcare involvement. In our qualitative study with 18 Canadian heterosexual couples parenting children 2 to 7 years old, we examined dyadic decision making and negotiations related to child safety and risk engagement in recreational activities. Parents viewed recreation as an important component of men's childcare, but women remained burdened with mundane tasks. Most couples perceived men as being more comfortable with risk than women, and three negotiation patterns emerged: fathers as risk experts; mothers countering fathers' risk; and fathe..

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