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

Pfitzner, N 2018, 'Engaging Men as Fathers: How Gender Influences Men's Involvement in Australian Family Health Services', Journal of Family Issues, vol. 39, no. 16, pp. 3956-3985.


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Title Engaging Men as Fathers: How Gender Influences Men's Involvement in Australian Family Health Services
Author(s) Pfitzner, N
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Family Issues
Volume number 39
Issue number 16
Start page 3956
End page 3985
Total pages 30
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
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, and orientation of the Maternal and Child Health Service. The findings hold important implications for designing strategies to engage men in family services.
Subject Social Policy
Gender Specific Studies
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Keyword(s) fatherhood
gender
family
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0192513X18802329
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018
ISSN 0192-513X
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