How involved are fathers in their children’s healthcare?

Research tells us that father involvement in the care of children with chronic conditions results in better outcomes for both the child and the father, but little is known about the benefits of father involvement in everyday health issues. Our research is investigating whether factors like gender norms, maternal gatekeeping, self-efficacy and general health knowledge impact on the involvement of fathers in taking care of the health of their child(ren).

If you are a father aged 18 and over and have a child between the ages of 1 and 6, you are invited to participate in a study investigating the factors associated with father involvement in their children’s health care. We are interested in the role played by fathers, where both the mother and father of the child(ren) are involved in their care, but not necessarily living in the same household. The study is being conducted through Federation University Australia by Masters of Clinical Psychology students, Cheyenne Johns and Amy Schwikkard. This study is under the supervision of Dr Angela Gent and Dr Denise Corboy, and approval of the study has been granted by the Federation University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project A15-176).

Participation in the study requires the completion of a brief online survey, which will take about 20 minutes of your time. You can participate, or find out more about the study, by clicking the link below and following the prompts.

Survey link

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