“It’s good for the kids”: Fathers consider risk and protection in their own and their children’s lives

Creighton, Genevieve, Brussoni, Mariana, Oliffe, John and Olsen, Lise (2015) “It’s good for the kids”: Fathers consider risk and protection in their own and their children’s lives. Journal of Family Issues, . doi:10.1177/0192513X15584679

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Author Creighton, Genevieve
Brussoni, Mariana
Oliffe, John
Olsen, Lise
Title “It’s good for the kids”: Fathers consider risk and protection in their own and their children’s lives
Journal name Journal of Family Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0192-513X
1552-5481
Publication date 2015-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0192513X15584679
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 23
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We conducted a qualitative inquiry to better understand how fathers of young children consider risk in their own life and in the lives of their 2- to 7-year-olds. Interview data were collected from 64 fathers from rural and urban Canada. Fathers’ discourse was considered in the context of masculine identities as well as the implications for father-focused health promotion and safety education. We found that most fathers considered risk taking to be an essential component of their own and their fathering identities. Some fathers held negative views about risk taking in their own and their children’s lives or were inconsistent in risk considerations for themselves compared to their children. For these fathers, identity construction was a somewhat fluid and contradictory process. Overall, we conclude that health promotion programs should support and bolster fathering identities and practices that involve engaging children in physical risk taking while employing appropriate safety strategies.
Keyword Gender and family
Qualitative
Child care centers
Family processes
Father child relationship
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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