Unheard voices: a qualitative exploration of fathers' access of child safety information

J Community Health. 2013 Feb;38(1):187-94. doi: 10.1007/s10900-012-9601-9.


To gain an understanding about fathers' perspectives and practices related to accessing information on childhood safety. Qualitative interviews were carried out with 32 fathers of children aged 2-7 years in British Columbia, Canada. Interview questions investigated whether fathers accessed information on child safety issues, the type of information they searched for, and the resources they used. Transcripts were examined using thematic content analysis. Fathers reported varied processes for searching for information and emphasized a need for credible, synthesized information. The internet was the source of child safety information fathers mentioned most frequently. Published information, resources from community organizations including general, educational and health organizations and access to personal connections were also seen as important. Fathers' involvement in childcare is growing and they play a significant role in ensuring children's safety. Increasing fathers' knowledge on safety related practices can contribute to a reduction in childhood injuries. The results of this study provide an in-depth exploration of fathers' perspectives and practices that can inform the design of materials and dissemination strategies to help increase and optimize access to safety information.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • British Columbia
  • Child
  • Child Care
  • Child Welfare*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Educational Status
  • Fathers* / psychology
  • Fathers* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Information Seeking Behavior*
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Safety*
  • Young Adult