The Following Young Fathers Further study is connected in part to the Timescapes Programme of research based at the University of Leeds (Neale and Holland, 2012). This project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) between 2007-2012.
In particular, our project builds upon and extends an existing baseline study also linked to Timescapes, called Following Young Fathers (Directors: Emeritus Prof. Bren Neale and Dr Carmen Lau Clayton). This study was ESRC funded and extended from Young Lives and Times, which was one of seven projects comprising the Timescapes consortium of research. Following Young Fathers tracked the lives and parenting journeys of 31 young fathers (aged under 25) over a three-year period from 2012 to 2015 and was one of the first major studies in the UK with a dedicated focus on young fatherhood and young men’s support needs. This research addressed key gaps in knowledge about young fatherhood in the UK by exploring their changing lives over time, and their support needs and experiences.
The dataset is now stored in the Timescapes Archive, a specialist resource of qualitative longitudinal research data. The Timescapes Archive was established in 2010 under the Timescapes Programme of research and has since undergone further developments. The dataset is now available to social researchers for data re-use and analysis, subject to registration for access. As part of the Following Young Fathers Further study we will be conducting a secondary analysis of some of the dataset to extend the long term value of the Following Young Fathers study findings and to explore new themes. A key intention of the Following Young Fathers Further study is to archive the data generated from the study, establishing a geographically and temporally extended, qualitative longitudinal data resource about young fathers.