Laetitia ColesThe University of Queensland | UQ · Institute for Social Science Research
Doctor of Philosophy
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I am an Early Career Research Fellow with an interest in work and care, and health and wellbeing of fathers, mothers, and children. My PhD examined fathers' participation in childcare amongst fathers who work long hours. My current research examines the ways that children's sleep may influence mothers’ and fathers’ health, wellbeing, and work lives.
December 2019 - present
- PostDoc Position
- Project Manager: Sleep Transitions and Regularity study (STARs) Researching gender and gender equity in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Researching social impacts of COVID-19 on families Researching sleep within the family context
February 2017 - June 2017
- Sessional Tutor and Marker
- Delivered tutorial contact to five tutorial groups across the semester. Marked assignments and exams. Received consistently excellent student feedback.
January 2017 - June 2017
- Course Coordinator and Lecturer
- Course Coordinator and Lecturer (SOCY2040: Families, Relationships, and the Lifecourse), 2nd year Undergraduate. Lectured each week ~ 3 hour lectures/contact each week. Received excellent student feedback
Families of children with Down syndrome experience complex lives and needs, yet the few existing studies on these families are written in conventional academic prose that is not optimal for knowledge translation beyond academia, particularly for busy healthcare professionals. In this paper, we Depart Radically in Academic Writing (DRAW) (Mackinlay,...
Retention rates for men in early childhood education and care (ECEC) are low. Exit is associated with experience of feeling 'other' perpetuated by judgements of men's sexuality, motives, and ability. In this paper, we take the unique circumstance of many men working together in ECEC to ask whether more men on staff improves experiences of inclusion...
School closures across Australia in response to COVID‐19 have persisted since 2020, with rising mental health problems in children and adolescents, alongside rising negative family health and socioeconomic outcomes. Further, some children and young people who were already experiencing disadvantage pre‐pandemic may be at heightened risk of poorer ed...
Qualitative researchers can discard data that are unsaturated or unrelated to research questions, but what do we do when these data affect us, or ‘haunt’ us, ‘long after collecting “it”’ (Taylor 2013, 691)? In this paper, we draw upon Sara Ahmed to guide our engagement with ‘discarded data’: young children’s gendered accounts of violence that unexp...
Night-waking is typical across infancy and early childhood, inevitably disrupting family sleep. For some children, sleep problems develop and endure throughout childhood. This systematic review focused on fathers, and synthesised the evidence pertaining to the effects of children’s sleep (from birth to 12 years) on fathers’ health and wellbeing. A...
Introduction Night-waking is typical across infancy and early childhood. Although mothers are traditionally primary carers for children overnight, child sleep may impact others in the household, such as co-dwelling fathers. Despite expectations of more ‘hands on’ fathering, the relationship between children’s sleep and fathers’ health and wellbeing...
Theoretical perspectives, and a large body of empirical research examining sex-segregated occupations, identify the attitudinal barriers of the majority as pivotal for both workplace well-being and the retention of minorities. Globally, where more than 90% of the early childhood education and care workforce is female, understanding the attitudes of...
Time pressures around work and care within families have increased over recent decades, exacerbated by an enduring male breadwinner culture in Australia and manifested in increasingly long work hours for fathers. We identified fathers who spent relatively long hours actively caring for children despite long work hours and we compared them with othe...
A large body of literature demonstrates that fathers’ work hours have increased over recent decades. Simultaneously, fathers are also expected to be more engaged with children than in previous decades. In response, many fathers have increased their time in play-based and discretionary tasks, yet are less likely to engage in time inflexible, routine...
Governments are increasingly implementing policies that encourage early father-infant bonding. However, to date, research has not systematically examined fathers’ perspectives and experiences of early bonding. Using a social constructionist embodiment perspective we argue that paternal bonding is best conceived as a process of repeated, embodied pe...
How fathers resolve tensions around being a “breadwinner” and an “involved father” when they work long hours has not yet been adequately researched. Using 13 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, we identify 3166 partnered heterosexual fathers (n=14,745 person observations) who work full time. We compare fathers wh...
This study investigates how couples negotiate and rationalise gendered divisions in infant care. We take a social constructivist approach to analysing qualitative data from 11 couples with infants (aged 6 to 8 months). We find that even where fathers are actively involved in infant care there are strong gendered divisions in the types of care that...
You can participate in this study here: https://bit.ly/2W8sA5m This study aims to understand some of the social impacts of COVID-19 on individuals and families in order to help direct resources and policies to where they are needed the most. In particular, the study focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on families, including work and care situations, and how these situations have evolved and changed since the outbreak of the virus. This will be important in helping us understand more about how individuals and families are managing and coping with this current pandemic.