Background: This article reports on the perspectives of fathers with a learning disability in England about being fathers and the support they have received. Although there is an established literature that considers parenting with a learning disability, few studies have focused on the perspectives of fathers. Method: We adopted a qualitative approach for this study, using semi-structured interviews with eight fathers with learning disabilities, recruited through learning disability organisations and social media. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Being a father was important to participants and the findings are presented in three themes: descriptions of fatherhood; challenges of fatherhood; and support with fatherhood. Conclusion: We discuss how fathers’ perspectives on fatherhood relate to wider transformations of fatherhood in society, the impact of these on fathering with a learning disability and the implications for services.
|Journal||British Journal of Learning Disabilities|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 29 Sep 2020|
- SPS Children and Families Research Centre