Nonresident fathers' leisure with their children

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

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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.

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