Using a creative mix of participatory and qualitative longitudinal methods, Following Young Fathers Further is producing lots of data with young fathers and the professionals who champion them to develop a rich picture of contemporary young fatherhood.
Our findings are reported in a variety of formats to enable access for all. These include:
We also have a page of research resources that you might use as a template for your own primary research. This includes templates for data archiving consent forms and our accessible participant information video which we produced to support our research at a distance.
The Following Young Fathers Further team are committed to supporting the future re-use of our data to support continued scholarship on young fatherhood and to preserve the experiences of young fathers today for decades to come.
At the end of the study in December 2023 we will start the process of storing our data in the Timescapes Archive, the only institutional repository for qualitative longitudinal data in the UK. Researchers of the future will be able to apply for access to the data to conduct their own analyses and research.
If you are interested in conducting a qualitative secondary analysis in your own research, be that for your undergraduate or Masters dissertation, for doctoral study or even post-qualification research, please contact the Archive Director, Prof. Kahryn Hughes for advice.
The baseline dataset, Following Young Fathers is already stored in the Archive and comprises multiple interviews with 31 young fathers conducted between a period of 2012 and 2015.
Study Director Prof. Anna Tarrant has published an edited collection with Sage about the possibilities for, and methods of, qualitative data re-use and qualitative secondary analysis with Prof. Kahryn Hughes, Director of the Timescapes Archive.
“[Speaking about support of young fathers] We’ve done a lot of kind of advocation and representing them, a lot of the time there’s involvement with statutory services. They don’t have the care of the young person, the care’s provided by the state or the mother, so we’ve attended lots of meetings with the young person to offer additional support and facilitated contact where necessary and offered just general emotional wellbeing, support, improving robustness and resilience, encouraging them to have as amicable relationship as possible.”
“And I suppose it goes back to what we were saying before about behaviours, maybe the education side of stuff and the fact that men aren’t involved in those early conversations, you know, whether it is, I know they’re invited to come along to bumps to babies but I don’t know whether we go into the detail around some of that brain development side of stuff and things like that. Maybe that is the thing that really would change things. You know, if you were given all of that information about what happens to a child as they grow, in a scientific way, as easy to understand as possible, could be the thing that impacted on behaviour in the home.”
“I think both a mother and father combined, it’s communicating and both being on the same page of what’s best for your child or children, and for both, it’s just being there 100% for them and not, like, putting yourself first, it’s, you know, putting the child’s interests first... ”
“We need to be including, we need to not [just] be focusing on mum and child […] That’s a great focus but dad … dad’s not invisible, dad needs to be in the picture as well because there’s research that shows you the effect it has on children and families as a whole when dad isn’t in the picture, so services need to be changing the way in which they work so it’s more inclusive.”
“Cause I think a lot of the time, some of young people who end up having children have been through the care system or support systems and they can feel quite judged or labelled by organisations and it’s breaking the cycle and breaking them out of that to feel empowered to be able to take stuff back, that’s the real interest to me. So, it’s about getting support right, as in being there and giving advice and guidance and all them things that we can do, but also making sure that we are doing with people as opposed to people.”
“One of the most successful projects we ever did was an informal dads’ group, and it used to be on Saturdays […] they did what they wanted, they used to do things like breakfast, and they would have breakfast together and talk about dad stuff and where they were taking their kids. And that group was always really well attended because there was never an agenda. They were never judged. They were just there together.”
“...the whole stay at home dad thing is not something to be ashamed of, you know, if you’re a dad and you wanna take your daughter out for the day, or you wanna take your kid out for the day on your own, well why is that frowned upon, why can’t you take your child out for the day ”
“Oh…patience…compassion…tolerance, a whole boatload a’ that! Honestly, I like a whole lot of life. Sacrifice…compromise, yeah I think, yeah I think they, they would be the, the big, the five, I feel, I think that was five, they would be the main. ”
“We’re currently in touch with social services for two [dads] because they don’t understand why they can’t see their children because they haven’t been informed by social services, their partner. So there’s a massive communication breakdown with those young men, so that’s the main focus of what we’re dealing with at the minute.”