Open Access Repository

What have dads got to do with it? Australian fathers’ perspectives on communicating with their young children about relationships and sexuality

Thomas, K, Patterson, K ORCID: 0000-0003-0663-4154, Nash, Rose ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887 and Swabey, K ORCID: 0000-0001-6749-9158 2021 , 'What have dads got to do with it? Australian fathers’ perspectives on communicating with their young children about relationships and sexuality' , Sex Education , doi: 10.1080/14681811.2021.1908249.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

This paper reports on findings of the Sex Ed Dads survey which sought Australian fathers’ perspectives on communicating with their young children about relationships and sexuality, as informal sexuality educators. Given the majority of existing family-based sexuality education research draws on the experiences of mothers, gaining insights from fathers is a much needed first step in designing resources to support paternal engagement in sexuality education. A diverse sample of 612 Australian fathers completed an online survey about their views on sexuality education and their role within it. Participating fathers valued sexuality education for their children and believed that their own informal contribution to its provision was important. Fathers reported high levels of comfort discussing a wide range of topics with their child at the age they deemed appropriate, although a gap between what fathers believed they should discuss and what they actually discussed was found. Findings offer insights for schools, resource developers and sexuality education providers seeking to support increased engagement of fathers in the sexuality education domain.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thomas, K and Patterson, K and Nash, Rose and Swabey, K
Keywords: relationships, sexuality, parent–child communication, father, sexuality education, young children, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Sex Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1468-1811
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/14681811.2021.1908249
Copyright Information:

Copyright 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Related URLs:
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page
TOP