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Gareth Rouch

Doctor of Philosophy, (Psychology)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Low socio-economic, young, co-resident, working fathers: Their experience of fatherhood

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Mr Rouch studied a group of young, low-skilled, working-class men’s experience of fatherhood. It was, for them, largely an emotion-based activity, with the fostering of strong father-child bonds being the central focus. Becoming fathers motivated them to discard the harmful parenting practices they had themselves experienced as children and it promoted their pro-social development. Participants described fatherhood as one of the few means by which they could obtain status as legitimate members of society. This research indicates a significant shift in the goal and style of fathering amongst working-class men, and it provides valuable insights into how social policy can facilitate commitment to family life.

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