The impact of becoming a father on other roles: An ethnographic study

Hamilton, Anita and De Jonge, Desleigh (2010) The impact of becoming a father on other roles: An ethnographic study. Journal of Occupational Science, 17 1: 40-46. doi:10.1080/14427591.2010.9686671

Author Hamilton, Anita
De Jonge, Desleigh
Title The impact of becoming a father on other roles: An ethnographic study
Journal name Journal of Occupational Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-7591
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14427591.2010.9686671
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 40
End page 46
Total pages 7
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Taylor and Francis Australasia
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Study Objectives: To look at the transition to becoming a father and the impact on other roles. Methods: A focused ethnography was undertaken for which a semi-structured interview protocol was prepared based on the Occupational Performance History Interview (OPHI-II) and issues highlighted in the literature. In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 4 Australian men and their partners who had all become first time parents during the previous year. Interviews were audio taped, transcribed, categorized, unitized, and examined for emerging themes. Triangulation included member checking and review by an independent researcher. Results: Although some of the themes that emerged were consistent with many of the findings in the literature there were some distinct differences: these men's occupational roles did change substantially after the birth of their first child and the importance of their working role also shifted. The themes that emerged included: becoming a father, role re-negotiation, worker role, domestic roles, leisure role, loss of sleep, couple time, adopting the father role and facilitators and barriers to adopting their new occupational role 'father'. Limitations: This is an exploratory study with a small sample of convenience. All of the participants were parents of girls and of Anglo European descent. No longitudinal data was collected.
Keyword Ethnography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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