Single Dads with Custody – Research into their psychological wellbeing

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man-feeding-childMany men in Australia are the primary custodians of their children, but little is known about the psychological well-being of these fathers. The current study defines primary custodial fathers as men who have acquired primary custody of their children following separation, divorce or the death of the child/ren’s biological mother. Fathers who have since been in a defacto relationship or have re-married are also included within this definition.

This study will explore variables that might affect the psychological well-being of primary custodial fathers, including traditional masculinity beliefs, skills and self-efficacy, and social support. It is hoped that this research will advance our understanding of the well-being of fathers who are primary custodians of their children.


If you are a father:

  • who has primary custody of your children – (full, majority or shared/50-50)
  • with dependants under the age of 18
  • who is living in Australia

If you know anyone who matches this criteria and is willing to participate, or if you yourself would like to volunteer to participate in this research, which consists of an anonymous online questionnaire.

Please share this page, take note or click on the link below to enter the survey for more information.It should only take approximately 10 – 15 minutes and can be completed at a time convenient to you.

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The online questionnaire will ask for demographic information such as age, relationship status, approximate income, place of residence and questions relating to the age and number of your dependants. Other questions will ask about your confidence and skills as a parent, how much social support you receive from friends and family, and questions about your current psychological well-being. Some of the questions also address concepts that have been associated with traditional masculine ideals, and will therefore ask about your attitudes towards women (e.g., “a man should always be the boss”), sexual behaviours and attitudes towards homosexuality.

Participants who have successfully completed the online questionnaire will have the opportunity to go into the draw to win one of three $30 gift cards. Thank you for considering participation in this study.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my supervisor using the email address below, additional contact details of Federation University’s Human Research Ethics Committee are also available on the second page of the online questionnaire using the SurveyMonkey link.

Researcher: Gavin Duarte


Gavin Duarte

I am a Bachelor of Science graduate from Melbourne University, currently studying the Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Federation University. I am also a volunteer research assistant, collaborating over the past two years on a number of studies at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute based at The Royal Children’s Hospital. I have experience working in a diverse research environment filled with professionals such as Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Neuro-psychologists, Developmental Psychologists and Post-Doctoral researchers. These studies involve the use and manipulation of large databases, statistical and brain- imaging software. Career wise, I am passionate about working with adults and children of all ages and from all walks of life.

Principal Supervisor: Dr. Denise Corboy

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