By: John Beaton
John Beaton is an associate professor & Chair of the Family Relations & Applied Nutrition Department at the University Guelph. His new research project, Men's Health, Fatherhood and Cancer, conducted under the auspices of the Centre for Families Work and Well-Being, reflects a combination of John's main research interests: fatherhood and men's health. The focus of Men's Health, Fatherhood and Cancer will be a qualitative research project designed to increase understanding of the strategies men with cancer and their families use to manage the impacts of the illness, with particular attention to how men conduct self-care and the effectiveness of existing programs that support men in self-care. The project will also incorporate a recognition and understanding of men's multiple roles (father, spouse, provider, patient) in the development of innovative health promotion and supportive care strategies for men with cancer.
Dr. Beaton will conduct focus groups and interviews with fathers with cancer and will also establish a Working Group on Men with Cancer comprised of clients, decision-makers and academic researchers. "The Working Group's role will be to engage men, health professionals and community support groups in discussion that will generate more research and outreach activities," Beaton explains.
Dr. Beaton has been with the University of Guelph's Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition since 2002. His previous affiliation with the Centre for Families Work and Well-Being, included participation in the Father Involvement Research Alliance's recent CURA (Community University Research Alliance) project where he was part of the Thematic Analysis Group, and the Fathers of Special Needs Cluster.