Title

Nonresident fathers' leisure with their children

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Jenkins, JM 2009, 'Nonresident fathers' leisure with their children', Leisure Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 255-271.

Published version available from:

http://doi.org/10.1080/01490400902837852

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study examines nonresident fathers' leisure with their children, which leads to nuanced understandings of nonresident fatherhood, father–child relationships and the role of leisure in these relationships. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 nonresident fathers residing in the Hunter region, Australia. The fathers who participated in the study were a diverse group. Despite fathers' different life circumstances, experiences of separation, and divorce and child contact arrangements, leisure was an important context for fatherhood. Leisure was a vital aspect of fathers' engagement with their children and a means for them to make valuable contributions as parents to the lives of their children.