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Participants needed for new Laurier study on police fathers

“Policing and Parenting: The Experiences of Police Officers Who Are Fathers” looks at life before and during COVID-19


July 20, 2020
By Staff

A graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University is looking for participants for a research study on the experiences of police officers who are fathers.

The purpose of this research is to examine the experiences of police officers who are fathers (“police fathers”) both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Danielle Thompson, the graduate student in the department of criminology at the Laurier campus in Brantford, Ont. Although research has been conducted on the experiences of police mothers, police fathers have been understudied, she continues, and so this study will inform initiatives aimed at supporting police officers who are parents.

If you volunteer to take part in this study, you will be asked to participate in a Microsoft Teams interview that will last about one hour in length. All information will be kept strictly confidential and used solely for the purposes of analysis, scholarly publications and scholarly presentations. A pseudonym will be used in place of your real name.

“Danielle is doing research on a current topic which has been substantially understudied,” says Associate Professor Debra Langan, Thompson’s thesis supervisor. “It is especially important that we understand the day-to-day experiences of officers who are parents and that we consider how this pandemic has impacted them.”

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This study has been reviewed and approved by the University Research Ethics Board (REB) at Wilfrid Laurier University.

For those who want more information and/or are interested in participating in the study contact, Danielle Thompson at dathompson@wlu.ca