Activity of University of East Anglia
Aims and objectives
Fatherhood and Work-Family Policy: interested in all aspects of how fathers negotiate work-family life and in the interface of family policy and fatherhood. 'Working Fathers: Earning and Caring' (2003) was the first national study of fathers' work-family balance in Britain. Study was the foundation for further national and international policy analysis: 'Shared Caring: Bringing Fathers into the Frame' (2005). Since 2005, with Peter Moss, has been producing an annual review of UK leave policies, including maternity, paternity leave and parental leave, for the International Network on Parental Leave Policy and Research. Fathers, Parenting and Family Support: Despite the greater appreciation of father involvement and higher expectations on men to be active in the upbringing of their children, fathers still tend to be missing in child and family support interventions. The legacy of 'mother knows best' continues to have a powerful impact on practice, as does the tendency to underplay men's caring responsibilities in the family. Awareness of this fathering support deficit led to book on Fathers and Family Support Services: Promoting Involvement and Evaluating Impact (O'Brien, 2004). Other research interests: Children, Families and Communities; Children's Services and Children's Well-being
Name: University of East Anglia
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Zip Code: NR4 7TJ
Organisation Phone: 44 (0)1603 59 3589
Name: Margaret O'Brien
New projects for 2010/2011 included:
- Comparative policy analysis of father-targeted parental leave in Europe
- Couple negotiation of maternity and parental leave
- Work-family reconciliation for parents of premature babies
18 Feb 2011 - Professor Margaret O'Brien in New York to launch UN Report on "Men in Families and family Policy in a Changing World" - more information here: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/social/men-in-families.html
- O'Brien M., Moss, P. (2010) "Fathers, Work and Family Policies in Europe." In Michael E. Lamb (Ed) The Role of the Father in Child Development, 5th Edition, Hoboken, New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Biggart L., Corr P., O'Brien M., Cooper, N. (2010) "Trait emotional intelligence and work-family conflict in fathers", Personality and Individual Differences, 48, pp. 911-916.
- O'Brien M. (2009) "Fathers, Parental Leave Policies and Infant Quality of Life: International Perspectives and Policy Impact", The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 624 (1) 190-213. DOI: 10.1177/0002716209334349.
- O'Brien M., Moss P. (2009) "The UK Report", in P. Moss (ed.) International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research. Employment Relations Research Series. London: Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) www.berr.gov.uk/files/file52778.pdf
- Biggart L., O'Brien M. (2009) Fathers' Working Hours: parental analysis of Third Work-Life Balance Employee Survey 2006 and Maternity and Paternity Rights and Benefits Survey of Parents 2005 Employment Relations Research Series, London: Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR), http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file53550.pdf
- O'Brien M. Brandth B., Kvande E. (2007) 'Fathers, Work and Family Life: global perspectives and new insights', Community, Work & Family (10):375-386.
- Moss P., O'Brien M. (2007) "Leave Policy: the UK report" in Moss P., Wall K. (eds) International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research, Department of Trade and Industry, Employment Relations Research Series No 80
- O'Brien M. (2007) 'Making Fathers Count: Methodological Dilemmas and Emerging Solutions', Applied Developmental Science, Vol. 11, No. 4: 245-246 http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10888690701762167