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A Qualitative Study on the Experience of Fathers Using Parental Leave

JIN-WOOK KIM 1 kwon jin 2

1서강대학교
2서강대학교 생명문화연구소

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ABSTRACT

The study aims to analyse the decision process of parental leave use and the living experience of Korean fathers who have used or are using parental leave. 10 participants were selected through the snowball sampling method and qualitative data were collected through in-depth interviews. The qualitative data are analysed by thematic analysis. The results can be sorted out as (1) 4 themes and 13 sub-themes for the analysis of the decision process of parental leave use, (2) 5 themes and 15 sub-themes for the analysis of fathers’ changes in daily living, and (3) 2 themes and 8 sub-themes for the analysis of fathers’ change in attitudes. Findings suggest that fathers who use parental eave and take up the full-time housework and childcare experience a fundamental changes in behaviours and attitudes related to the work-family balance. Based on the qualitative analysis, the study suggests policy directions for expanding fathers’ parental leave.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.