Journal Article

Work and Lifestyle: Social Representations among Young Fathers

Lilian Negura and Jean-Martin Deslauriers

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 8, pages 2652-2668
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp151
Work and Lifestyle: Social Representations among Young Fathers

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The situation of young fathers has been systematically associated in the literature with poverty, school drop-out and paternal disinvolvement. Very few studies on this phenomenon have sought to analyse the psycho-social mechanisms behind the engagement of young fathers in a social integration process. Thus, a quantitative and qualitative longitudinal study was conducted on a non-probability sample of thirty young fathers in the Gatineau area (Canada) in order to study this issue. More specifically, the social representations of work and lifestyle were examined based on the discourse of the young fathers. It was observed that these social representations contributed to the creation of a new identity as a father and that these psycho-social dynamics had an impact on the social integration of the young fathers. Our study highlights two striking developments in the discourse of these adolescents and young adults who, through their desire to enter the labour market and their intention to adopt pro-social behaviour and improve their lifestyle, indicated their engagement—at times shaky, at times firm—in a dynamic of social integration.

Keywords: Young fathers; social integration; social representations; social identity; work; lifestyle

Journal Article.  6784 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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