The father-child bond is becoming “central” in some Aussie households – but there’s still a ways to go before the land of kangaroos and boomerangs accepts involved dads as the norm.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle has an article about dads and their “new role” – which is actually their old role, and they’re just doing it differently. And while Aussies are finding that dads are more likely to play with kids and change diapers, eschewing the old image of distant disciplinarian, the ol’ Chronicle calls out United States father involvement as “most prevalent in lower socio-economic groups”.
A group of public service announcements attached to the Department of Health and Human Services have successfully encouraged fathers to speak with their teens about delaying sex.
A study was done by Jonathan L. Blitstein (and friends) that analyzed changes in the communication between parents and their kids over an 18-month period following exposure to the Parents Speak Up National Campaign.