Summing Up the Evidence: Final Reflections

  • Rajalakshmi Sriram


This chapter is a summation of fathering images and realities in the Indian context, with a focus on father-child relations and the fathers’ role in parenting children. It draws from an analysis of traditional and contemporary literature and media to understand the prevalent images on the theme. The salient features of fathering are highlighted, drawing from a series of qualitative studies which focus on lived realities of various groups, in urban context in normal families; it is augmented by a glimpse into rural and tribal fathers, fathering under special circumstances, such as when the child is sick, child having special needs, new age fathering with faith, fathers in armed forces and single parenting. Based on the insights gained through the researches, I have identified the basic paradigm shifts needed in conceptualisation of research to understand fathering in India, which as a theme for research is in its infancy due to several reasons. I discuss about the ways in which the fathering component can be included in ongoing interventions (including policy) that are required to steer towards involved fathering, which contributes to child well-being and the flowering of a new generation which would be an asset to the nation and the world.


Fathering in India Changing role of fathers Fathering image in India Policy related to fathers Promoting involved fathering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesM.S. University of BarodaVadodaraIndia

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