In 2017 participants are invited to contribute and speak to a poster giving a brief account (3 minutes) of one aspect of their research. We expect to publish the posters online. There will be many opportunities to discuss future directions for research in this area. We will also have some specific research collaborations to offer participants. In an Australian research environment that is focused on innovations and solutions, researchers on fatherhood will need to develop strategies that deliver powerful evidence of the characteristics, needs, and effects of fathers in society. A feature of the program will be breakout groups designed to facilitate collaboration.
Breakout group 1 will be on measurement in fatherhood research. Measurement methods are a key to answering pointed questions about fathers. Building on the findings of the 2016 Symposium on Fatherhood Research in Australia, the aim of the Measurement breakout group will be to identify feasible and innovative approaches to measuring key aspects of fatherhood.
Breakout group 2 will focus on a Lifecourse perspective to understanding fatherhood. Developmental history and cultural influences inform how fathers adjust psychologically to paternity and how they interact with partners and children. A lifecourse perspective provides insights into opportunities to support the capacity of men to be caregivers, as well as insights into men’s contributions to the developmental outcomes of their children. The first aim of this breakout group is to share information about lifecourse studies and datasets available to fatherhood researchers and to set in place collaborations that can draw on these resources. The second aim is to discuss how to build effective links between lifecourse evidence and application.
The third breakout group will involve several small research teams meeting to plan feasibility/pilot studies exploring SMS4dads methodology in a variety of contexts. Teams will be planning health behaviour interventions on fathers’ smoking, alcohol use or family conflict, others will focus on international low-income contexts or testing key design features of SMS4dads.