Father Involvement Research 2008 Presentation Abstracts (pdf 369kb)
This document contains the complete abstract of every conference presentation as of October 22, 2008.
Enacting Research Ethics In Partnerships With Indigenous Communities in Canada ("Do It In A Good Way") (pdf 260kb)
This article, published in the the June 2008 issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, describes aspects of the ethical approach used in the Indigenous Fathers component of FIRA's CURA project and the Indigenous Child Project, an initiative carried out under the auspices of the Consortium for Intervention, Health, Learning and Development.
The Effects of Father Involvement - An Updated Research Summary of the Evidence (pdf 825kb)
Authored by Sarah Allen and Kerry Daly. This paper provides an overview of the way that men approach parenting and the effects that their involvement has on their children's development. The report includes research on child development outcomes; father absence; men's development; co-parental relationships; non-residential fathers; fathers, work, and family; and measures of father involvement. Follow link to PDF of article.
Father's Involvement As A Determinant of Children's Health (Brief Version) (pdf 670kb)
This is the short version of a report, prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which offers an assessment of the strength of current research evidence supporting a view that a father's involvement plays a significant role in determining child health outcomes.
Father's Involvement As A Determinant of Children's Health (Full Version) (pdf 750kb)
This report, prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada, offers an assessment of research knowledge and a theoretical framework for understanding the role that fathers play and can play in the healthy development of children.
Tools for Working with Fathers (internal website)
Looking for educational or social marketing tools for working with fathers or promoting father involvement? FIRA's listing of educational and social marketing resources has information about a variety of father-oriented booklets, videos, brochures, public service announcements and other resources. All are readily available and have either been developed in Canada or are in use by Canadian organizations working with fathers.
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers (Academic journal published by Men's Studies Press) (external website)
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research and Practice about Men as Fathers (editor Joseph Pleck), is published three times a year by Men's Studies Press, a small independent publisher dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of men's studies scholars' work. Fathering publishes the work of international fatherhood scholars including recent contributions by FIRA members John Beaton, Kerry Daly, Anna Dienhart and Andrea Doucet.
Inventory of Policies and Policy Areas Influencing Father Involvement (pdf 2.38Mb)
Authored by Donna S. Lero, Lynda M. Ashbourne, and Denise L. Whitehead. This policy inventory was developed to complement the research and outreach activities of the Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA) project. The inventory identifies the various ways current policies and institutional practices may affect fathers in diverse subpopulations and social circumstances across Canada. Follow link to PDF of inventory.
Aboriginal Fathers Learning Fathering: Overview of project in progress (pdf 402kb)
Authored by Jessica Ball, Candice Manahan, Leroy Joe, and Ron George. Link to PDF of progress report from the aboriginal fathers research cluster. Includes overview of literature review, demographic profile, and findings from interviews with aboriginal fathers.
Policies and Practices Affecting Aboriginal Fathers' Involvement (Presentation at Second Tri-Annual Aboriginal Policy Research Conference) (pdf 193kb)
Authored by Jessica Ball and Ron George. This paper offers a perspective on how Canadian federal and provincial policies and practices may be affecting Aboriginal fathers' involvement with their children. Includes key findings and implications for changing social policies. Follow link to PDF of presentation paper.
Measuring Father Involvement (doc 43kb)
Authored by Sarah Allen and Kerry Daly. An overview of some of the main ways father involvement has been measured, including measurement limitations and factors that interact with father involvement. Follow link to document.
LGBTQ Parenting Network (external website)
The LGBTQ Parenting Network provides resources, information and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parents and their families. Resources include a series of brochures, details of research and projects, and information on workshops, courses and groups for queer families.
Queer Parenting Programmes at The 519 (external website)
The Queer Parenting Programmes at The 519 serves members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual communities who are currently parents, their children, and those who are considering parenthood. Their offerings include family support, educational programmes about family planning, discussion forums and working groups, and children's programs that serve families with children aged 0-6.
Fatherhood Institute (The UK's fatherhood think-and-do tank) (external website)
The Fatherhood Institue (formerly Fathers Direct was founded in 1999 and is the UK's national information centre for fatherhood. This creative and informative site includes a forum for fathers, fatherhood resources, games for kids, and articles on a wide-range of topics (e.g., work-family, new fathers, stepdads, stay-at-home dads, etc.). Site visitors can sign-up for the Fatherhood Institute e-bulletin (free) or subscribe to their magazine publication (fee).
Dad Central Ontario (Formerly known as FII-ON) (external website)
Dad Central Ontario (DCO) supports programs and agencies working with dads, promotes father-friendly practices and offers training and resources for fathers and professionals who work with families. Dad Central Ontario was known as the Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network (FII-ON)from 2000- 2011.