News

SCU wants men without fathers to tell their stories

SOUTHERN Cross University wants to hear the stories of men who have grown up without a father in their lives, as part of a new research project.

The national study aims to explore adult men's experiences of father absence during their formative childhood and/or adolescent years.

The principal investigator is Dr Leah East from the university's School of Health and Human Sciences. SCU is partnering with The University of Technology, Sydney, for the study.

Dr East said approximately one in five Australian homes has an absent father.

"Research suggests that people who grow up without a father, as a result of family breakdown through divorce or separation, are exposed to greater life adversity, which can affect their life path," Dr East said.

"Males, in particular, have a greater risk of incarceration if they've grown up in a father-absent home. Father absence is associated with other health and wellbeing difficulties like poor school performance, lower self-esteem and early sexual activity.

"We want to gain insights into the lived experience of the boy-child growing up in such households. The results will be used to inform the development of appropriate services for these now adult men and their families."

Men suitable for the study need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Have grown up with a father absent from the home in childhood and/or adolescence as a result of family discord (divorce or breakdown) for a minimum of four years
  • Be able to spend approximately one hour in an interview, either a face to face interview in Lismore or Sydney OR a telephone interview
  • Be willing to discuss your experiences of father absence and reflect on whether father absence has affected your life path.

To participate in this study or for more information about taking part, contact a member of the research team: Andrew Woods 02 6620 3304 andrew.woods@scu.edu.au Larisa Barnes 0432 730 407 larisa.barnes@scu.edu.au

Topics:  research project, southern cross university



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Upmarket beach townhouse

Real Estate: 4/45 Kingscliff Street, Kingscliff NSW.

Take a look inside this stylish Kingscliff townhouse conversion

Neil Diamond tribute show to draw Kingy crowd

PARTY TIME: The Neil Diamond Super Hits Show will play at Kingscliff Bowls Club on Saturday night.

Neil Diamond spectacular to be hosted at Kingscliff Bowls Club.

Police investigate suspicious Tweed River death

Police are investigating the suspicious death of Michelle Lord after the car she was in crashed into the Tweed River east of Tumbulgum in October 2015.

Police are investigating the death of a woman in the Tweed River

Latest deals and offers


British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances