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Fathers and Fatherhood in Britain - Louis Burghes, Lynda Clarke & Natalie Cronin

Family Policy Studies Centre, 1997, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled.

Number 23 in the series. From the cover: “Mothers have long occupied centre stage in Britain as far as parenting is concerned. However, attitudes towards — and expectations of — fathers and fatherhood are changing, and during the 1990s the roles, responsibilities and influences of fathers have become a matter of public and political debate.

But what do we really know about fathers and fatherhood?

This timely study combines an overview of research, a brief survey of the legal position of fathers and a unique and exciting demographic analysis. It looks at fathers at home and at work — their roles in their families and as bread-winners — at the consequences for children of a father’s ‘absence’, at support for fatherhood and at developments in the law relating to fatherhood.

Social and economic statistics rarely distinguish men who are fathers from those are not. Here, a demographic analysis of the 1992 British Household Panel Study provides the first estimates of the lifetime fathering of a national sample of men living in private households. It tells us for the first time how many men of different ages in Britain have fathered a child and where they live in relation to their dependent children. It illustrates not just the diversity of fatherhood in Britain today but also the continuities: more than eight in ten fathers of dependent children live with all their own biological children, for example.

The report concludes by considering the components of a coherent social policy for fathers -the labour market, fiscal and social policies and the legal framework -that would better support fathers and reduce the barriers they face in meeting the multiple roles of fatherhood..”

Size: 9½" x 6½". In the Occasional Paper series. 103 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.