Male Involvement in Child Care Activities: A Review of the Literature in Botswana
AbstractEngaging men as partners in childrearing is critical because of the positive aspects on the child’s development and reduction of childhood illnesses. The paper presents findings from a literature review whose aim was to assess the extent to which males are involved in child care activities. Findings revealed a limited number of studies conducted in the area of male involvement. Socio-cultural factors have a negative influence on men’s participation on child care activities. In addition, some laws were prohibitive to male involvement. It was difficult to assess the extent to which males were involved due to inadequate data collection tools. Recommendations include a study on male involvement, review of the existing Sexual and Reproductive Health data collection tools, development of a policy on paternity leave, strengthening training on male involvement; community sensitization on cultural stereotypes and harmonization of customary and common laws.
Keywords: Male participation, Child-rearing, Sexual and Reproductive Health
(Afr J Reprod Health 2013; 17: 35-42).
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