Fathers in the UK: what do we know? what do we need to know?
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 will evaluate the current evidence base on fathers, provide an updated overview of what is known, identify some of the major gaps and make recommendations about data improvement.
Adrienne Burgess, Fatherhood Institute
Rebecca Goldman, Independent Researcher
Dr. Jeremy Davies, Fatherhood Institute
Advisors include Professor Wendy Sigle-Rushton, Gender Institute, LSE
Grant Amount and Dates
January 2014 - December 2016
- Data about fathers in birth cohort studies (Life Study)
- Measuring outcomes for children's social care services
- Understanding the health needs of mothers and children involved in family court cases
- Earnings Risk, Government Policy and Household Welfare
- Council tax support schemes' impact on claimants & local authorities
- Towards a family justice observatory
- Feasibility study for research into improving children's social services