Stay-at-home dads wanted for research project

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Calling all stay-at-home dads! A University of Cambridge researcher is looking for you to take part in a study of stay-at-home fathers and their families.

With more and more men being the stay-at-home carer for children nowadays, the research aims to look into this under-researched group. So if you’re a full-time care giver or do most of the childcare, the Centre for Family Research would like to hear from you.

The centre has an international reputation for its work looking into families and children. This new study will look at child development and family relationships in families where the father stays at home to look after his children most or all of the time.

PhD student Kitty Jones, who is conducting the research, says: “Fathers are doing more childcare than ever before, but are underrepresented in research. There has been a steady increase in highly involved fathers, and stay-at-home fathers in particular, yet little research in the UK has explored this family set-up.

“I hope the study will support fathers who are primary caregivers, and will inform both public understanding and policy about different family set-ups.”

The Centre looking is to recruit full or part-time stay-at-home fathers to be involved in the research. Interviews will be conducted with partners and children too. The families will receive £10 as a thank-you for taking part. The location, day and time of the interviews are flexible.

All the data collected will be kept confidential and the study has ethical approval. Participants can withdraw from the study at any point, and emailing the address below does not commit anyone to taking part.

If you are interested in hearing more about the study or taking part please email Kitty at researchonfamilies@gmail.com

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