“Anybody can make kids; it takes a real man to look after your kids”: Aboriginal men’s discourse on parenting

Autoři: Kootsy Canuto aff001;  Kurt Towers aff004;  Joshua Riessen aff005;  Jimmy Perry aff006;  Shane Bond aff004;  Dudley Ah Chee aff004;  Alex Brown aff001
Působiště autorů: Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia aff001;  Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia aff002;  Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia aff003;  Watto Purrunna Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service, Adelaide, Australia aff004;  Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia aff005;  Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA) Aboriginal Corporation, Underdale, Australia aff006
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225395



The realms of parenting have long belonged to females. In many cultures it has been a female who has predominantly cared for and raised children. For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male parents this has resulted in them being largely overlooked from contributing to the parenting conversation. Predictably, such a dominant discourse has led to an inadequate distribution of opportunities available and a societal perception that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male parents are disinterested in and/or disengaged from their parental roles and responsibilities, however, this is far from the truth.


This study is entrenched in an Indigenist research approach which privileges Indigenous lives, Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous voices, and utilised the Research Topic Yarning method to capture participants stories.


Four yarning groups were conducted across South Australia in Coober Pedy, Yalata, Port Lincoln and metropolitan Adelaide. In total, 46 Aboriginal men contributed their experiences and stories of their roles and responsibilities as parents to this study.

Men described being a dad as a privilege, emotionally fulfilling and rewarding and although at times it can be challenging, neglecting their roles and responsibilities are not considered options. Lack of employment and therefore financial security were described as a challenge to fatherhood especially for fathers who live in remote communities. Aboriginal culture, connection to country and family were identified as critical elements and strengths for Aboriginal male parents. Furthermore, Aboriginal male parents are yearning for opportunities to participate in parenting programs including men’s parenting groups.


Consideration of and concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s involvement and experiences prior to conception, prenatal and postpartum has slowly gained momentum in recent years, yet there has been little improvement in the overall provision of appropriate parenting support services and/or programs for these men.

Klíčová slova:

Culture – Emotions – Employment – Fathers – Health services research – Human families – Human learning – Children


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