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Engaging fathers in preventive services: fathers and family centres

Ghate, D, Shaw, C and Hazel, N 2000, Engaging fathers in preventive services: fathers and family centres , York Publishing Services, York.

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    Although many fathers are spending more time caring for their children in the home, men continue to be conspicuous by their absence from mainstream family support services. Family centres - community-based services for families in need and at risk - are no exception to this, despite widespread enthusiasm for developing work with fathers in these settings. This qualitative study by the independent Policy Research Bureau focuses on the attitudes and experiences of over 90 fathers, mothers and staff in thirteen family centres across England and Wales. The study revealed that while family centres often cater well to fathers in particular circumstances, such as lone parents, fathers in more ordinary circumstances tended to be deterred by the feminised atmosphere of centres and by the limited range of activities more likely to appeal to men. The research strongly suggested that there is a need for greater clarity about who family centres are really intended for, in order to develop good practice in working with fathers in family support settings.

    Item Type: Book
    Uncontrolled Keywords: families; family centres; fathers; men; parental skills training; preventive practice; user participation; research;
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Publisher: York Publishing Services
    Refereed: Yes
    ISBN: 1902633490
    Funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
    Depositing User: Professor Neal Hazel
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 10:03
    Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 09:03
    References: Ghate D, Shaw C and Hazel N (2000) Engaging fathers in preventive services: fathers and family centres. York: YPS

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