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Fathers, social interventions and children's well-being

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Allan Colver (allancolver)
Date Uploaded: 2012/01/11 11:18:30.873 GMT+1
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Authors: Professor Jonathan Bryn Scourfield
Published on Date: 2011
Funding source project: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

For social care and other helping services to engage with fathers is a relatively recent innovation and not very much is yet known about the effectiveness of different approaches. Three studies will contribute to the evidence base for more effective work with fathers and especially the impact of this work on the emotional well-being of children.

  • Study 1 involves analysis of existing data on families and child health over time. It will examine which social factors, attitudes and behaviours in fathers are associated with children’s emotional well-being. (Note that ‘fathers’ here means all father figures, including biological fathers, step fathers and mothers’ boyfriends).
  • Study 2 will try to identify which kinds of approaches and services are most commonly being used by practitioners who see themselves as working to engage fathers.
  • Study 3 is a pilot study of two social interventions for fathers.The pilot study will explore the potential for future experimental research on outcomes for children of interventions with fathers, and in particular emotional health outcomes.

This is a mid-career development fellowship. A training programme for the fellow will focus on the development of advanced skills for quantitative analysis.

Riche Classification

Health issues, determinants and measures: Emotional and personal aspects ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Systematic reviews , Household , Ongoing ,