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					 Developing Father Inclusivity:
Concerns and Practical Solutions

  Claire Fraser and Abigail Locke
  Consult Research & University of Huddersfield
          Workshop Outline
• Setting the context & literature review
• Group Exercise – assessment of father
  inclusivity in own organisation
• Reflections from research within antenatal
  provision
• Group Exercise – implementing father
  inclusivity
• Sharing views and evaluating success
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         Fathers in the literature
• Part-time, bumbling
  assistant, baby entertainers
  (Sunderland, 2004, 2006)

• Father as provider
  discourse deeply
  entrenched (Dienhart, 1998)

• Craig (2006) childcare –
  mother main carer

• Doucet (2006): do men
  mother?
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           Group Exercise
• Current level of father inclusivity in your
  organisation
• Experiences of trying to develop father
  inclusivity
• Barriers to achieving father inclusivity
• Problems encountered – within and across
  agencies

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   Fathers in antenatal classes
        Locke & Budds (forthcoming)


3 main themes arose:

• 1. Father as mother‟s carer
• 2. Father as secondary parent
• 3. „Blokes‟ will do it differently


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     Father as mother‟s carer
• Fathers role as carer to mother – spotting
  „baby blues‟ - “depressed dear”

• Implies father needs to be instructed to
  seek assistance




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   Fathers as secondary parent
• Fathers role constructed as fulfilling task that
  mother doesn‟t want to fulfil:
   – „I definitely think that‟s a dad‟s job, dealing with the
     nails‟ (lines 16-17)

• Father‟s role in parenting and role is the
  mother‟s decision and is mostly assigned when it
  is convenient for her

• Father is constructed as a consolatory or
  „second-class‟ parent

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    „Blokes will do it differently‟
• Idea of shared parenting - „guys are just as
  good‟

• Leaving baby with father deemed as
  problematic – Mother gets to decide when

• „right way‟; „best way‟; „blokes will do it
  differently‟ (class leader constructions)



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      Changing role of fathers
• „Fatherhood‟ as an institution is changing
• Lupton and Barclay (1997) mother‟s role easier
  to define (cf. Doucet (2006) Do men mother?)
• Societal/cultural constraints on fatherhood
• Wall & Arnold (2007): the contemporary culture
  of fatherhood is not one of shared parenting and
  it can not be so until social expectations
  regarding parenting roles change…
• Much talk of the „new father‟, but we still have a
  long way to go

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             Group Exercise
•   Implementing father inclusivity
•   Overcoming the barriers
•   Developing practical solutions
•   Measuring success in achieving father
    inclusivity




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           Discussion topics
•   Single father
•   Stay-at-home-father
•   Teenage father
•   Professional father
                     Summing Up
• Group experiences – sharing ideas
• How are we doing? Ideas for evaluating
  success in achieving father inclusivity
• Any questions…

Claire Fraser, Consult Research
claire@consultresearch.co.uk www.consultresearch.co.uk

Abigail Locke, University of Huddersfield
a.locke@hud.ac.uk         http://www2.hud.ac.uk/hhs/staff/shumal2.php
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