Results of study on fatherhood launched in Turkey

Published August 17, 2017

More than nine in ten fathers in Turkey think that child care is primarily the mother’s responsibility, according to new research funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and carried out by the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV). The research, the largest ever conducted on fatherhood in Turkey, reached 3,325 fathers in 51 provinces across the country.

Among the study’s other findings:
57% of fathers in Turkey never play games with their children
50% never read their children stories
36% never change diapers
35% never participate in school activities

Dr Guler Fisek, who led the research, pointed out that most fathers admitted they needed support: 58% agreed that they did not know what to do when they first became fathers. Since 1996, AÇEV has run the Father Support Program, a 10-week course which has been shown to have a positive impact on fathers’ relationship with their children and partners.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation’s Turkey Representative, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, said:

“We should be able to create mechanisms that are supportive of fathers, to help them understand their changing self and develop their capacities to communicate with their children, provide care and praise them. AÇEV’s research is pointing out very important solutions that can be implemented by businesses, government, local authorities, NGOs and universities to involve fathers in this important task.”

Read examples of media coverage of the study (in Turkish) here: