Disabled Fathers: Identifying a Research Agenda

4 October 2007

Policy interest in the UK around fathers and fathering has increased rapidly since 1997. Researchers have cautioned against homogenising fathers’ experiences. Instead, they have emphasised the need to uncover the diversity in contemporary fathering. This report focuses on disabled fathers’ experiences of raising children. It is the product of a national one-day conference for and about disabled fathers held at the University of Hull on 22nd February 2007. The report includes original empirical research evidence about how men understand and practice fathering in the context of impairment and disability, and examines evidence on how disabled fathers’ experiences might differ from those of disabled mothers. It also presents the perspectives of practitioners working with disabled fathers and parents, organisations of disabled parents, as well as disabled fathers themselves, about what research, policy and practice agendas for and about disabled fathers should consist of. The report will be relevant to those with an interest in fathering, disability, parenting and masculinities, and to those working in a range of contexts, including policy, practice and research, and statutory and non-statutory organisations.

Further information is available from Majella Kilkey (M.M.Kilkey@hull.ac.uk)

Hard copies of the report are available:

Price £6 plus £1.00 postage and packing
Cheques to be made payable to University of Hull and sent to:

Working Papers
Social Policy
The University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX

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Disabled Fathers Report