NEXUS Spring Institute

Cameras, knowledge, action: The potential for participant produced photographs to inform smoking cessation interventions amongst new fathers FACET 3 Team; Bottorff, Joan; Oliffe, John Lindsay


Many fathers mitigate the harm of their smoking by physically separating their smoking from their children and child care activities. In this presentation we empirically locate smoking and masculinities to detail the highly gendered nature of the everyday places where fathers smoke. The data (including 308 participant produced photographs drawn from a study of 20 men were analyzed to describe the locations and contexts that facilitate and restrict participants’ smoking. Three thematic findings, smoking on the job, the bifurcated domestic sphere, and solitary confinement were derived to detail when and where smoking does and does not occur. Drawing on these findings, we discuss next steps for developing and disseminating father-centred tobacco reduction interventions. Guided by developments in knowledge exchange, our research activities are now focusing on engaging potential end users (fathers, partners, health care providers, other stakeholders) in knowledge broker (KB) facilitated group consultations to recommend messages/resources for smoking fathers based on research findings. Involving a KB ensures that knowledge exchange activities benefit from mutual learning among interested stakeholders, a full understanding of the intended audiences for the tobacco reduction interventions, and strong relationships with those who can ensure that our interventions reach the intended audience. We discuss the effectiveness of strategies used in this integrated KT project in engaging smoking fathers, a difficult-to-reach group at the intersections of class and changing gendered roles, and potential future directions for new tobacco reduction interventions.

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