Being a father in my new society: a qualitative study of the fathering experiences of men from refugee backgrounds resettled in Australia

Forget, Gilles, Correa-Velez, Ignacio, and Dee, Mike (2019) Being a father in my new society: a qualitative study of the fathering experiences of men from refugee backgrounds resettled in Australia. Journal of Refugee Studies, 32 (2). pp. 322-339.

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Abstract

One of the forgotten actors of forced migration are the fathers from refugee backgrounds. Fatherhood is a foundational component of societies, and being a father impacts men’s health and wellbeing and that of their family. This article investigates the lived experience of 19 men from refugee backgrounds resettling in Australia.

It analyses the three main dimensions of fathering, fatherhood, the transition from manhood to fatherhood and father involvement and applies an intercultural approach to acculturation. This analysis identifies the main challenges faced by fathers from refugee backgrounds as they resettled in a new society with its values, beliefs and expectations towards fathering. The study’s findings suggest pathways for a more socially inclusive society that supports fathers from refugee backgrounds.

Item ID: 70944
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-6925
Copyright Information: Published Version: © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Accepted Version may be made open access in an Institutional Respository after a 24 month embargo.
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC APP1074650
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 03:11
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440607 Population geography @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440507 Studies of men and masculinities @ 20%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230105 Citizenship and national identity @ 20%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230111 Multicultural services @ 20%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230110 Migrant and refugee settlement services @ 60%
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