Intergenerational Perspectives of Paternal Parenting Practices: A Descriptive Qualitative Study. By: Ee, Chang Hui; Wen, Sng Qian; Shorey, Shefaly. Journal of Family Issues. Jan2022, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p259-279. 21p.

There are limited studies exploring the phenomenon of fatherhood in an Asian context, and no dyad qualitative studies have been conducted to understand grandfathers’ and fathers’ perspectives on parenting. This study aims to explore the intergenerational perspectives of paternal parenting practices in Singapore. A descriptive qualitative approach was adopted. Face-to-face interviews were conducted on 12 grandfather–father dyads from the pediatric general ward in a public tertiary hospital in Singapore. Thematic analysis revealed four themes on the influences that affect grandfathers’ and fathers’ perspectives on parenting: (a) Personal traits influencing fathers’ perspectives, (b) external influences that shape parenting, (c) personal views on parenting, and (d) child’s traits that influence parenting. The findings urge professionals to involve fathers in maternity and pediatric care and encourage fathers to work closely with grandfathers to promote positive child developmental outcomes. Further research is needed to develop educational or supportive programs for fathers and grandfathers.