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From “Absent Father” to “Involved Father”: Changes in the Model of Fatherhood in Poland and Role of Mothers-“Gatekeepers”

  • Małgorzata Sikorska
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Abstract

In contemporary Poland fathers are more “visible” in public discourse than a few years ago 1 : parenting magazines and guides for parents devote separate pages and entire sections specifically to fathers; protagonists of popular Polish TV series get involved in the upbringing of their own children and often appear in scenes with both younger and older kids; fathers-celebrities pose for photos with their children and talk about them in interviews; blogs written by fathers are created on the Internet along with portals designed specifically for them. Even politicians noticed fathers, introducing the paternity leave in 2010. Meanwhile, several years ago the dominant model of fatherhood in Poland was the so-called absent father.

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