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Young Peoples Attitudes to Fatherhood

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Young Peoples Attitudes to Fatherhood Margaret O'Brien and Deborah Jones 1995 Peter Moss HMSO The aim of this research was to look at what fatherhood meant to people and how fathers should be or what they are being. The main objective was to get mostly children's views on duties and responsibilities of fathers. O'Brien and Jones had a sample of 6 of the 8 state secondary schools in East London. They chose 4 class groups, which were of mixed ability, from the third and fifth forms of each school. Data was gathered by the children doing questionnaires in the classroom. This was done every day for one week. It asked for their opinions about what should be expected of fathers, or if fathers should be doing this, including attendance at childbirth, paternity leave, contact and support after divorce, roles in families, and involvement in domestic duties. ...read more.


Questionnaires would have been the best way to start off in this study as the sample was quite big consisting of six state secondary schools. The researchers gave out the questionnaires in the classroom. This would have give them 100% return. O'Brien and Jones illustrated the graphs as a percentage of what the children were thinking. (Appendix a) A problem with doing questionnaires in this research is that it would not be very high on validity, this is because it is a sensitive subject and they wouldn't always tell the truth which wouldn't give a very true insight. It would also not be very reliable because the questionnaires were done in the classroom, this is because they could have rushed it, not giving it much thought. They could have copied it from a friend, making a lot of the answers given back the same. ...read more.


The research met its aim by providing tables of children's opinions in a statistical way. The reliability of the research was good because it was quite big. To say something is reliable is to go back and do the research in exactly the same way and get the same results. It is not very high on generalisability though and it would not be safe to generalise these findings with the rest of Britain because the research was only done in East London. It would be okay to generalise about East London though. The study was representative of both culture and gender. The research is not very high on validity because it is a sensitive subject and people will not always tell the truth, especially in questionnaires and also because they are at a young age. It may also have been ethically wrong to ask the children sensitive questions about their family because they may not have wanted to talk about it. ...read more.

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