Adrienne BurgessFatherhood Institute
Rebecca GoldmanIndependent Researcher
Dr. Jeremy DaviesFatherhood Institute
This study takes stock of the current research and data on fathers in the UK with a view to providing a balanced assessment of what is known, as well as to highlight major gaps and opportunities for secondary analysis using major public data sets. It complements a recent secondary analysis on Modern Fatherhood led by the ESRC and updates and extends an earlier review of research on Fathers and Fatherhood published in 1997.
Over recent decades, the nature and expectations of fatherhood have changed considerably. While retaining a focus on breadwinning, public narratives emphasise the involved father as the ideal. But at the same time significant demographic change, including the increased prevalence of parental separation and divorce, mean that parenting relationships need to be negotiated across household boundaries. The project has evaluated the current evidence base on fathers, and provides an updated overview of what is known, identifies some of the major gaps and makes recommendations about data improvement.
A series of reports, Contemporary Fathers in the UK, are being published by the Fatherhood Institute and will be available at http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/2017/contemporary-fathers-in-the-uk/
In undertaking this project The Fatherhood Institute has also created a comprehensive literature library of mainly academic articles, book chapters and reports about fathers and fatherhood in the UK from 1998 to 2017.
Latest on this project
Executive summary - Who's the bloke in the room? Fathers during pregancy and at the birth in the UK.Whos-the-Bloke-Executive-Summary.pdf1.67MB 01 June 18
Executive summary - Where's the daddy? Fathers and father-figures in UK datasets.Burgess204161920-20Wheres-the-daddy-Executive-Summary.pdf1.9MB 01 January 18
Executive summary - Contemporary fathers in the UK: our research on British dads.http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/2018/contemporary-fathers-in-the-uk/11 June 18