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To gain rich information on urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men’s experiences, dreams, aspirations, needs, and challenges during their partner’s pregnancy and first 6-months of parenthood.
Project leader: Dr Yvette Roe, Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland’s Mater Research Institute
Administering organisation: The University of Queensland
Project timeline: 1 April 2018—9 June 2019
The IBUS Study is a longitudinal cohort study with an overarching Participatory Action Research (PAR) Framework that enables responsive, proactive action in relation to findings. This qualitative sub-study employed in-depth, semi-structured and focus group interviews and yarning circles with eight new or expectant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dads whose partners were pregnant or had recently given birth.
It used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA); a qualitative method of analysis which is descriptive and draws knowledge from everyday experiences. The social, cultural and psychological strengths that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men exhibit in their roles as a father and a partner were identified from their accounts of everyday experiences. The analysis comprised of four steps:
The positive and negative aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander new and expectant dads and the relationship with their own fathers form a background against which they build their identity as a dad. To fulfill the role of a strong and deadly dad, and become the best they can be, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander new and expectant dads need support to heal and learn from their past and manage the stress of becoming a dad.
Specifically, new and expectant dads want:
The research also documented the benefits of parenting on the health and wellbeing of the fathers and found that strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s role as parents is likely to have positive health and wellbeing benefits on the dads and can also improve child development and family wellbeing.
The University of Queensland
Expected March 2019