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Many fathers visit the child health care centre, but few take part in parents' groups.

Hallberg, Ann-Christine LU ; Beckman, Anders LU and Håkansson, Anders LU (2010) In Journal of Child Health Care Jul 1. p.296-303
Abstract
Fathers are expected to play an increasing part in the care of children, but fathers are not automatically included in studies of early childhood. In this paper we present Swedish fathers' experiences of child health care. In the study, a total of 237 out of 279 (85%) fathers of small children were telephone interviewed using a structured questionnaire. As many as 165 (70%) had visited the child health centre at some time - 91 (38%) regularly or quite often - and we found an association between visits to the child health centre and physician contacts on account of the child's illness. A common feature throughout was the fathers' positive view of the child health centre and its activities, with as many as 77 percent grading it as very good... (More)
Fathers are expected to play an increasing part in the care of children, but fathers are not automatically included in studies of early childhood. In this paper we present Swedish fathers' experiences of child health care. In the study, a total of 237 out of 279 (85%) fathers of small children were telephone interviewed using a structured questionnaire. As many as 165 (70%) had visited the child health centre at some time - 91 (38%) regularly or quite often - and we found an association between visits to the child health centre and physician contacts on account of the child's illness. A common feature throughout was the fathers' positive view of the child health centre and its activities, with as many as 77 percent grading it as very good or good. Sixty-seven fathers (28%) had taken part in a parents' group, and here there was a positive association with being a first-time father and knowing about the child's birth weight and vaccinations. We conclude that professionals must find new ways to get fathers to come to child health care, and especially to parents' groups. (Less)
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  author       = {Hallberg, Ann-Christine and Beckman, Anders and Håkansson, Anders},
  issn         = {1741-2889},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {296--303},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Child Health Care},
  title        = {Many fathers visit the child health care centre, but few take part in parents' groups.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367493510373755},
  volume       = {Jul 1},
  year         = {2010},
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