Heterosexual gender relations in and around childhood risk and safety

Brussoni, Mariana, Olsen, Lise L., Creighton, Genevieve and Oliffe, John L. (2013) Heterosexual gender relations in and around childhood risk and safety. Qualitative Health Research, 23 10: 1388-1398. doi:10.1177/1049732313505916

Author Brussoni, Mariana
Olsen, Lise L.
Creighton, Genevieve
Oliffe, John L.
Title Heterosexual gender relations in and around childhood risk and safety
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2013-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732313505916
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 10
Start page 1388
End page 1398
Total pages 11
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Language eng
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 fathers acknowledging mothers' safety concerns but persisting in risk activities. Our findings suggest that contemporary involved fathering practices privilege men in the outdoors and can erode women's control for protecting children from unintentional injury. We recommend promoting involved fathering that empowers both parents and developing injury-prevention strategies incorporating both fathers' and mothers' perspectives.
Keyword Children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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