Review article: Parenting leaves, workplace characteristics, male health, and the pandemic: Currents in policy-related fatherhood research in higher income countries
Keywords:fatherhood, fathers, childcare, leave policies, flexible working, paternal health, COVID-19, fatherhood, fathers, childcare, leave policies, flexible working, paternal health, COVID-19
Objective: This review article provides an overview on the state of policy-related fatherhood research in high income countries.
Background: The review article focuses on four main currents of multi-disciplinary policy-related fatherhood research. The first considers the research on national level parenting leaves. The second explores research on organisation and workplace policies. The third presents research on policies around male health and fatherhood practices. The fourth looks at the impact of COVID-19 related policies on fathers.
Method: This is a review article and so presents a review of the literature. It is not a systematic literature review but rather aims to show the benefit of multi-disciplinary conversation within fatherhood research.
Results: Commonalities are found across the four policy-related areas in terms of key questions, but also in terms of research gaps.
Conclusion: There is consensus around what works for engaging fathers across policy contexts. There is perhaps a paradox in that 'de-gendered' policies are usually most effective, but that fathers need to recognise that these degendered policies are for them.
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