English: During the past two decades, fatherhood has become an increasingly important
issue, not only in scholarly debates but also in popular forums in South Africa. This
article reports on some findings of a quantitative study, undertaken in the Gauteng
province of South Africa, that aimed to shed light on the extent to which men are
embracing the “new fatherhood” culture and have become active, nurturant fathers.
Although men are becoming more actively involved in child-care, many still find
it difficult to manifest high levels of active fatherly involvement, even if they consider
it fair to expect a man to perform active father work and define fatherhood as
synonymous with nurturant paternal involvement. The research results also indicate
the existence of a positive correlation between a man’s perception of his paternal
involvement and his experience of marital quality.