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What are the invisible challenges facing men who want to be engaged fathers or simply care for children? What are the invisible challenges facing men who want to be engaged fathers or simply care for children? Abhijit Patil

Fighting for fatherhood, the other glass ceiling

Washington father Aaron Dickson’s video in which he takes his three-year old daughter on her “first date” went viral yesterday attracting acclaim (which is great) and disgust (which is disappointing…
Is that you, dad? SBS documentary questions oft-quoted figures on dads who are not the real father of their children. Is that you, dad? SBS documentary questions oft-quoted figures on dads who are not the real father of their children. Shutterstock

What are the chances that your dad isn’t your father?

How confident are you that the man you call dad is really your biological father? If you believe some of the most commonly-quoted figures, you could be forgiven for not being very confident at all. But…
Fathers stick around if they can afford to. Fathers stick around if they can afford to. Orlando Rob

Hard evidence: what sort of people are absent fathers?

Since the 1970s, family life in the UK has changed dramatically. Increases in relationship breakdown, remarriage and repartnering have seen us move away from the traditional, two-parent nuclear family…
Research has shown benefits to mothers and babies when fathers are involved. Research has shown benefits to mothers and babies when fathers are involved. Pixabay

Some pregnant women missing benefits from involved dads

We all have different expectations about how involved dads should be during pregnancy and childbirth. In the UK, it’s generally seen as a good thing and research is now beginning to show that it matters…
A father’s health prior to conception is just as important as the mother’s and has a serious impact on their child’s health. A father’s health prior to conception is just as important as the mother’s and has a serious impact on their child’s health. christyscherrer/flickr

Hey dad, your health affects your baby’s well-being too

As a society, we put a significant emphasis on women’s health both immediately prior to and during pregnancy – and rightly so. A woman needs to prepare her body for the arduous nine months of gestation…
New measures aimed at father-child bonding will hopefully teach dads why playing peekaboo matters. New measures aimed at father-child bonding will hopefully teach dads why playing peekaboo matters. mouton.rebelle/Flickr

New paternity leave scheme offers more than meets the eye

The new paternity leave scheme that started on January 1 may be cheap and still have a significant impact. It offers new fathers two weeks leave at minimum wage, which is only a fraction of what new dads…
According to official figures, the time fathers spend with their children has been static since 1997. According to official figures, the time fathers spend with their children has been static since 1997. flip & serena/Flickr

Detecting the sea change in men’s feelings for their children

The success of House Husbands, the Australian drama featuring four hands-on dads may be a signal that today’s fathers really want more involvement in their children’s lives than did previous generations…
Asking for only the primary carer’s views assumes that fathers have no major impact on their children’s health. Asking for only the primary carer’s views assumes that fathers have no major impact on their children’s health. Grant Potter

Mother knows best? Fathers missing in research about kids

If we want to survey families to discover how the children are going, we usually have to ask an adult. It seems common sense to ask the “primary carer”, usually the mother, who knows the child the best…
Children of fathers who show signs of depression in the year after birth have more than three times the rate of behavioural problems by the time they reach school. Children of fathers who show signs of depression in the year after birth have more than three times the rate of behavioural problems by the time they reach school. Mark Menzies

Helping mentally ill fathers for the sake of their children

The idea that mental illness can harm family relationships is not new. But it’s usually the mother’s parenting that has been the centre of attention. So an article I co-wrote in today’s issue of the Medical…
Parenting programs need to actively include fathers. Parenting programs need to actively include fathers. Jason Coleman

Do parenting programs work for dads?

It comes as no surprise to see that parenting programs attract mothers. Drop into a “toddler taming” discussion, a workshop on parents and literacy or a seminar about communicating with your teenager and…
Research has found having an overweight father quadruples the chances of kids being overweight. Research has found having an overweight father quadruples the chances of kids being overweight. Conor Ashleigh

Sins of the father: heavier dads mean overweight kids

The increase in childhood obesity over the last few decades is frightening. Clearly fresh thinking is needed. New evidence of father’s impact on children’s weight gain may point us toward novel approaches…
Boys’ educational outcomes are heavily influenced by positive male role models and effective models of discipline. Boys’ educational outcomes are heavily influenced by positive male role models and effective models of discipline. The Tattered Coat

Life lessons: better education for boys means good health for life

As another set of high school exams roll through, there will undoubtedly be significant focus on how boys’ results differ from those of girls’. This is part of an ongoing focus on the trend of girls’ academic…
Data on aspects of fathering, including the number of stay-at-home dads is patchy in Australia. Data on aspects of fathering, including the number of stay-at-home dads is patchy in Australia. Paolo.Pace

The mystery of stay-at-home dads

The picture of a dad with a toddler in his arms happily waving as mum heads off to work is attractive – it suggests a more equal, sharing and caring type of world. But is this a reality of family life…
Measures are needed to reduce the number of fathers going into jail as well as the number not coming back. Measures are needed to reduce the number of fathers going into jail as well as the number not coming back. Casey Serin

Jailing fathers increases problems in Indigenous communities

There are hopeful signs from a number of sources that the “get tough on crime” approach is working, with politicians promising the era of more prisons and longer sentences has had its day. Movements such…
There are no studies that have looked at children brought up in isolation from men or from women. There are no studies that have looked at children brought up in isolation from men or from women. WalkingWounded

O father, where art thou? Social support needed for positive relationships

Media comment in the lead up to Father’s Day is generally a pretty tame affair, but this year fatherhood is under the hammer. Fatherlessness was named as the cause of rioting and looting in London and…

Research Briefs (2)

Boys act out when dads work too long

Boys whose fathers work long hours can display delinquent and aggressive behaviour, according to a longitudinal study that…