Fathers’ Experiences after their Exposure to a Fatherhood Intervention Programme

  • Charlene Erasmus University of the Western Cape
  • Shernaaz Carelse University of the Western Cape
  • Jessica Payne University of the Western Cape
Keywords: fatherhood interventions, fatherhood programmes, parenting, parenting programmes, fatherhood, father involvement

Abstract

Fatherhood intervention programmes seek to redress fundamental issues that prevent men from succeeding in their fathering role. An understanding and evidence of the influence of fatherhood interventions on the role of the father in the family are thus required. This study, conducted in South Africa, explored the perceptions and experiences of fathers and their partners after the fathers’ exposure to a fatherhood intervention programme. A qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews was utilised to this end. A thematic analysis was used to analyse the data and three main themes emerged from the analysis. The study found that fathers and their partners perceived and experienced the fathers to be more involved, responsible, and sharing in parenthood after exposure to the fatherhood intervention programme. This led to an increase of father involvement with children – childcare activities, schoolwork, the well-being of the children, and an increase in involvement in the home.

Published
2020-02-18
Section
Articles