Fatherhood matters. Fathers can improve the life chances of their children. They can improve the circumstances and experiences of mothers. And being a father can enhance the wellbeing of men. For all these reasons, fatherhood is a direct and appropriate concern of public policy.
As women's participation in the paid labour market has increased and family structures have changed, fatherhood has gained momentum as a political issue. Daddy Dearest? makes the case for reassessing public policy in relation to fatherhood, bringing together expert authors in the field.
Among the issues examined are:
- barriers in the workplace and in families to more active fatherhood
- parents' relationships and outcomes for children
- fathers' changing aspirations and expectations
- the changing structure of care within families.
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