Men’s involvement in a parenting programme to reduce child maltreatment and gender-based violence: formative evaluation in Uganda

Sui, G. E., Wight, D. , Seeley, J., Namutebi, C., Sekiwunga, R., Zalwango, F. and Kasule, S. (2017) Men’s involvement in a parenting programme to reduce child maltreatment and gender-based violence: formative evaluation in Uganda. European Journal of Development Research, 29(5), pp. 1017-1037. (doi: 10.1057/s41287-017-0103-6)

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Parenting programmes involving fathers can reduce child maltreatment and gender-based violence. However, most parenting programmes find it difficult to recruit fathers. We piloted a 21 session parenting intervention, ‘Parenting for Respectability’, with fathers and mothers near Kampala, Uganda. Sixty-one fathers and 83 mothers were recruited initially and 52 fathers and 76 mothers retained to the end. We interviewed with 24 fathers and 16 mothers. Data were analysed thematically. Success in involving fathers was probably due to (a) the first 10 sessions being father-only, allowing them to share experiences before participating in mixed-sex sessions; (b) exploiting men’s pre-existing motivation to improve their children’s behaviour, thereby enhancing family respectability; and (c) the interactive, participatory delivery. Mixed sessions enabled couples to clarify conflicting perspectives regarding spousal relationships and gendered norms. However, men experienced social pressure to conform to conventional masculinity, suggesting the need to instil intervention values at community level.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wight, Professor Danny
Authors: Sui, G. E., Wight, D., Seeley, J., Namutebi, C., Sekiwunga, R., Zalwango, F., and Kasule, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:European Journal of Development Research
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Online):1743-9728
Published Online:06 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in European Journal of Development Research 29(5):1017-1037
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656641Children, Young People, Families and Health ProgrammeDaniel WightMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/9IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU