Teen Dad – Short Film

Teen Dad carries a strong social message about some of the disadvantages younger dads face. Often these young dads want to be good fathers but the help just isn’t there for them. Many of the antenatal and perinatal courses are taught from a female perspective and dads can often feel disempowered and helpless. They get messages about how abortion and sex are a women’s choice and how they should support the decision no matter the consequences, to themselves or the child. Apart from the pressure of a female dominated antenatal and perinatal support system, young fathers feel a social pressure to leave education and financially support their family. Unskilled young fathers face higher rents, lower paying jobs and generally end up being told they are not trying hard enough. This film is intended to give the viewer a greater understanding of pressures of being a young dad.

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