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Work life and family life collide: new fathers seek online support about concerns related to parental leave
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Caring science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2016 (English)In: Workplace Health & Safety, ISSN 2165-0799Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The purpose of this investigation was to analyze online discussions about parental leave in relation to the work lives and private lives of new fathers. A netnographic study of nearly 100 discussion threads from a freely accessible online forum for fathers was conducted.  Data were coded, sorted and categorized by qualitative similarities and differences. The results of the study indicate that new fathers seek Internet forums to discuss work-related topics. Parental leave can provoke worries and anxiety related to management and co-worker attitudes which can provoke concern that they should be back at work. The results are presented in two categories: (1) Attitudes expressed by employers and colleagues, and (2) Leaving work but longing to be back.  The phenomenon of parental leave for fathers is more complex than simply “for” or “against” attitudes. Fathers can use Internet forums to discuss their experiences, fears and anxiety and provide reasonable accommodations for both work and family life. 

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attitudes, fathers, online forum, parental leave, work life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22266DOI: 10.1177/2165079916666546PubMedID: 27864396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22266DiVA: diva2:954303
Available from: 2016-08-22 Created: 2016-08-22 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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