Kiribati episode of AUT Pacific language series focuses on fatherhood

July 13, 2020

The impact of fatherhood on early childhood behaviour outcomes is the focus in this week's AUT Pacific language video. Photo/AUT

The Kiribati instalment in the AUT Pacific language video series looks at the impact of fatherhood on early childhood behaviour outcomes in Pacific communities.

As part of the ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ series, the third episode is narrated in I-Kiribati (with English subtitles).

The results shown in the video are based on findings from the Pacific Islands Families Study in 2006.

Led by the Director of the PIF Study, Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo, the research explored the experiences of 825 Pacific fathers - which was then cross-analysed with quantitative data obtained from their children, who were also part of the study.

As a Pacific father himself, Associate Professor Tautolo says the paternal impact in a child’s upbringing cannot be underestimated.

“The research provided strong evidence that the more involved Pacific fathers are in raising their children, the more likely their children would exhibit positive behaviour.”

The study observed that where the fathers’ influence was absent or limited, around 30 per cent of Pacific children in the study had significant problem behavioural issues.

“Often a father’s role in a child’s upbringing may be overlooked, but these findings really highlighted the need for fathers to prioritise their involvement with their kids,” says Associate Professor Tautolo.

“In fact, by encouraging fathers to talk about and share their experiences, we can glean important insight into the factors that impact on their relationships with their children, and find ways to address issues, collectively.”

Associate Professor Tautolo says many of the fathers who participated in the research were active parents.

“It is reassuring that the majority of the fathers who took part in this research had strong involvement with their young ones, and over the years, since the research took place, we have seen these children do well throughout their development.”

The research, which gathers more and more data each year, is critical, as it provides the robust evidence needed to develop targeted support services for Pacific fathers in Aotearoa.

“It shows us that having clear strategies that promote and enable increased father involvement have a high chance of reducing negative child outcomes among our Pacific families.

“Supporting positive fatherhood will help contribute to solutions that provide the best outcomes for Pacific families and for their children,” says Associate Professor Tautolo.  

Read more about findings of the research​ and watch the 2020 AUT Kiribati Language video here​.

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Release dates for upcoming episodes

  • Cook Islands - Sunday 2 August
  • Tonga - Sunday 6 September
  • Tuvalu - Sunday 27 September 
  • Fiji - Sunday 4 October
  • Niue - Sunday 18 October 
  • Tokelau - Sunday 25 October