Journal article

The significance of the father-daughter relationship to understanding and treating bulimia nervosa: a hermeneutic phenomenological study

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a highly researched eating disorder, yet real world recovery rates remain poor and incidence continues to rise. This study provides a focused exploration of the father-daughter relationship where BN emerges, in order to explore this relationship’s significance to the aetiology of...

Dad days: how more gender-equal parental leave would improve the lives of Australian families

Paid parental leave should be substantially boosted for fathers and partners, to support men to be more engaged in the early years of their children’s lives, according to this Grattan Institute report.

Fathering programs in the context of domestic and family violence

This paper examines how men's behaviour change programs, domestic and family violence specific fathering programs, and Aboriginal men's healing programs address fathering issues for men who use violence.

Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.4

The restrictions in place across Australia from March to help stop the spread of COVID-19 meant people were using their time in different ways. Families were spending a lot more time together and parents were doing more with their children.
Briefing paper

Conflicts between work and family and fathers’ mental health

Fathers today are often expected to fulfil the traditional role of 'breadwinner' while taking a more active role in child care. These competing demands can create work–family conflicts. Using data from the Growing Up in Australia longitudinal study, this research explored these conflicts and any...

Fathers' work and family conflicts and the outcomes for children's mental health

Fathers’ experiences of competing demands in parenting and work domains suggest that increasing work–family conflicts are an issue for many families.

Fathers and work: a statistical overview

The birth of a child changes little for Australian fathers’ working lives, according to recent analysis of employment trends in the past few decades by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Fathers and parental leave

Just one in twenty Australian fathers take primary parental leave, which is a low number by global standards. This article looks at why Australian fathers are reluctant to take parental leave, as well as the benefits for both families and businesses of shared parental leave.

Invisible practices: intervention with fathers who use violence

This project provides key directions for capacity building for workers and their organisations to work more competently in working with family violence. The focus of the project lay in understanding the work to be undertaken with fathers who use violence.
Briefing paper

Focus on fathers: research brief

Policy frameworks underpinning family-based interventions often assume a father deficit model, one that sees fathers as ineffective or neglectful in the area of child health and development. Our survey presents a more positive picture of fathering.
Journal article

'I’d just lose it if there was any more stress in my life': separated fathers, fathers’ rights and the news media

Custody abductions and filicides-suicides are not every day occurrences and typically become ‘media events’. Through an analysis of newspaper representations of two custody abductions and one filicide-suicide, this article examines the role played by fathers’ rights discourse in the construction of the separated father in...

Parental leave: where are the fathers?

Fathers who take paternity or parental leave are more likely to perform tasks such as feeding and bathing children, this report shows.

State of Australia’s fathers

Executive summary Father and child relationships have profound and wide-ranging impacts on children that last a lifetime. Many men will become fathers at some point in their lives, and almost all have some connection to children. Major changes in both the workplace and households are...

Involving fathers in community child health services and asthma: an update

Men in antenatal classes give three common reasons why they intend to father differently than they were fathered: community expectations, partner pressure, and their own wish for connection with their child. 1. Community expectations: highlight the fact that fathers are expected to be involved in...

Fatherhood and mental illness: a review of key issues

Researchers have traditionally paid little attention to the intersections between men’s mental illness and family life. Recently, however, this has been changing. This paper provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature on paternal...

Functioning of families with primary school-age children conceived using anonymous donor sperm

This study asks the question: how do families with children conceived using donor sperm operate as the children grow up? And looks into the state of these relationships. The follow-up of children conceived through the Anonymous Donor Sperm project was designed to assess the adjustment...

Fatherhood settings and stories of gay men

This paper examines the fatherhood settings and fatherhood stories of fourteen Australian gay men aged 33–75 who were interviewed 2001–2003 as part of a larger study.

Children and the fly-in/fly-out lifestyle: employment related paternal absence and the implications for children

There has been growing interest in the implications of paternal fly-in/fly-out employment (FIFO) for families and children. The current research had a dual aim, first to investigate children’s well-being in relation to family functioning and paternal FIFO employment characteristics and, second, to access children’s own...

Involving fathers in community child health services and infant feeding

Many mothers do not continue to provide breast milk for their babies when they return to work as this does not occur to them as a viable option. However, by expressing and storing milk at work, continuing to provide breast milk for their infants is...