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dc.contributor.authorAtkin, Karlen
dc.contributor.authorBerghs, Mariaen
dc.contributor.authorDyson, Simonen
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-09T10:59:21Z
dc.date.available2015-02-09T10:59:21Z
dc.date.issued2015-01-22
dc.identifier.citationAtkin, K., Berghs, M. and Dyson, S.M. (2015) “Who’s the guy in the room?” Involving fathers in antenatal care screening for sickle cell disorders. Social Science and Medicine, 128 pp. 212-219en
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/10631
dc.description.abstractFathers are increasingly invited to take part in antenatal care of which screening for sickle cell trait is a part. Expectations about involvement reflect changing perceptions of fatherhood and negotiation of gendered identities. Current policy supports male involvement, but is less clear on what basis and with what consequences. In exploring this, our qualitative study, using semi-structured interviews, presents the experiences of fathers who have recently undergone antenatal screening for sickle cell. The sample was generated in discussion with eight non-governmental organisations. We recruited 24 fathers from nine UK cities. Our analysis outlines the importance of ‘presence’, in which fathers rely on nurturing definitions of fatherhood to display their sense of responsibility. Fathers, however, struggled to find a meaningful role as traditional masculinities became juxtaposed with new and complex forms of gender organisation, creating the potential for estrangement. To conclude, screening policy makes an appeal to emergent masculinities. It also generates risks and compromises choice, due to the normative values implicit in the screening process, reinforced by the more controlling aspects of health surveillance. This creates confusion among fathers, who are not sure why they have been invited into the antenatal space.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.subjectUKen
dc.subjectsickle cellen
dc.subjectfathersen
dc.subjectante-natal screeningen
dc.subjectmasculinityen
dc.subjectgenetic screeningen
dc.subjectsociologyen
dc.title‘Who's the guy in the room?’ Involving fathers in antenatal care screening for sickle cell disordersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.01.039
dc.researchgroupUnit for the Social Study of Thalassaemia and Sickle Cellen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.funderNational Institute for Health Researchen
dc.projectidResearch for Patient Benefit (PB-PG-0610-22196)en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Allied Health Sciences Researchen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Health, Health Policy and Social Careen


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