Imagining fatherhood: young Australian men's perspectives on fathering

Thompson, Rachel, Lee, Christina and Adams, Jon (2013) Imagining fatherhood: young Australian men's perspectives on fathering. International Journal of Men's Health, 12 2: 150-165. doi:10.3149/jmh.1202.150

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Author Thompson, Rachel
Lee, Christina
Adams, Jon
Title Imagining fatherhood: young Australian men's perspectives on fathering
Journal name International Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-6306
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3149/jmh.1202.150
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 150
End page 165
Total pages 16
Place of publication Harriman, TN, United States
Publisher Men's Studies Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cultural norms that view men as peripheral to family life and to decision-making about parenthood have shaped mainstream research agendas and underlie the relative lack of research on men's perspectives on fatherhood. This semi-structured interview study explored the subjective meaning of having children and being a father in the imagined future lives of 16 male university students in Australia. The men generally had well-considered preferences, attitudes and aspirations about fatherhood and shared them readily and articulately, challenging persisting gender stereotypes. We identified four themes in their talk. Fulfilment and contentment dealt with positively looking forward to an adult life encompassing satisfying work, marriage, and children. Traditional and new fatherhood described talk that simultaneously valued a traditional ‘breadwinner’ role and close, involved fatherhood, and generally failed to address the inherent contradictions in managing these two models of fatherhood. Time of preparation encompassed talk about the perceived necessity of finishing education, establishing a stable, financially rewarding career, and developing personal maturity as preconditions to fatherhood. Models of family and fatherhood referred to the men's frequent reference to their own families as models that they wished to replicate or, at times, correct in their own fatherhood. Altogether, this study provides a justification for systematic and comprehensive research on men's perspectives, preferences and attitudes regarding fatherhood and family.
Keyword Men
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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