What makes fathers involved in their children’s upbringing?

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Period20 Jan 2017

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Media contributions

  • TitleWhat makes fathers involved in their children’s upbringing?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletWorking Families
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionAcross the developed world, mothers spend more than twice the amount of time on childcare than fathers. In the UK, the proportion of men who share childcare is much lower compared to most other OECD countries with recent data showing they spend an average of 24 minutes caring for children for every hour that is done by women (OECD 2016; Flood 2016). However, research shows that most dads in the UK agree that they should be as equally involved in childcare as the mother (Norman 2010), and many say they would prefer to spend more time caring for their children than they currently do (e.g. see Working Families and Bright Horizons 2017; Equality and Human Rights Commission 2009). So why are childcare responsibilities between parents still so unbalanced?

    We answer this question by reflecting on the findings from our ESRC-funded project which explores what makes fathers involved in their children’s upbringing. We reflect on how both parents' employment hours can enable or hinder a father’s involvement in childcare. We also consider how effective recent work-family policy reforms have been in helping fathers to strike a satisfactory balance between work and care.

    PersonsHelen Norman, Colette Fagan


TitleThe Future of Work for Modern Families
LocationPortcullis House, Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Period18 Jan 2017 → 18 Jan 2017