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Fathers in Sight, Artevelde University College Ghent

The benefits of father involvement during pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood have been widely covered. The positive effects on children, mothers, fathers and partner relation were reproduced over and over again. The main objective of this research however, was to explore the needs and expectations of fathers themselves in pre-, peri- and postpartum.

In a first review experiences of fathers from pregnancy to early child care, perspectives regarding a developing father role and expectations towards family, friends and health care were explored. These data were used in a second study to investigate if, why and how fathers can be involved in these stages. A scientific model, depicting father involvement as a multi-faceted concept, served as framework for further research.

Based on these studies, the researchers designed a practitioner’s tool helping professionals working with young parents to develop a personal and warm approach that involves fathers early on. This resulted in the ongoing sensitization of practice with posters and a website. The practitioner’s tool is used in education to help professionals reflect on current, possible and inspiring practices.


Artevelde University College Ghent
ODC Gezinskracht
Vaders in beeld/ Fathers In Sight
Campus Kantienberg, Voetweg 66, 9000 Gent

+ 32 (0) 09 234 88 00

thomas.thys@arteveldehs.be


 



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