Survey: The Psychological Well-Being of Custodial Fathers (International)

Fathers from all around the world are welcome to participate.

b95d5ea2-56a1-4591-8928-1dcf33b3f1b1This research is being conducted by Gavin Duarte, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology student, under the supervision of Dr. Denise Corboy at Federation University Australia, and has been approved by the university’s Human Research Ethics Committee.

The current study defines primary custodial fathers as men who have acquired primary custody of their children following separation, divorce or in an extreme case, the death of the child/ren’s biological mother. The study will explore the variables that might affect the psychological well-being of primary custodial fathers, including traditional masculinity beliefs, parenting skills and self-efficacy, and social support. It is hoped that this research will advance our understanding of fathers as primary custodians following a separation, and also offer additional insight for men approaching parenthood as a primary custodian.

Although this study was originally based on Australian fathers, fathers from all around the world are welcome to participate as every response is meaningful and appreciated.


Criteria: Regardless of your current relationship status; If you have full, majority or shared custody of children under the age of 18 and have 10 minutes to spare.


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 take note or click on the link below to enter the survey for more information.


The 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 successfully submit the questionnaire will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of three $30 gift vouchers as a token of thanks for participation.

Thank you for considering participating in this research.

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