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MÄNS FÖRÄLDRASKAP: En kvalitativ studie om fäders upplevelser av föräldraskapet i relation till samhälleliga förväntningar
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
MEN'S PARENTHOOD (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to understand the experience of being a father first hand, as well as to understand how society creates expectations that influcenc their fatherhood. Fathers have expectations on how they should be in order to be a good father which, amongst other things, involves participation, gratulations and a good relationship to their child. Many times the mother is in the focus as it for many people comes most naturally to have it so. This does not always correspond well with the father’s wishes and can be cause for alienation. Fathers are today very keen to shape how they take on the role as a father and are by redrawing the boundries of fatherhood also reshaping much of masculinity and what it is to be a father. This study was made with five qualitive semi-structured interviews in Skövde, Sweden, with fathers who had a partner and had one or two children under five years of age. A thematic analysis method was used for the interviews which revealed two main themes: ”Participating fathers” and ”Fatherhood - a secondary parent”. The results showed that fathers wants to be a part of the family, not just to have one. It also showed that partners and society’s expectations effects father’s ability to create their own version of fatherhood. The study shows that even if fathers are willing to change the traditional role of fatherhood, they are not capable to do so because the role of notions of masculinity, in relation to fatherhood, is very entrenched in the norm of being a father from society. The conclusion is that there needs to be more open informational discussions with fathers and meeting groups for fathers to share their experience. Aslo, a wider understanding of the impact from the couple relationships and society regarding how fathers percieve themselves as individuals is needed.

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2019. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
fatherhood, masculinity, parenthood, couple relationships, alienation, thematic analysis, social psychology, norms, identity, roletaking
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163028DiVA, id: diva2:1348716
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Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-05 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved

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