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Letter of the Day | JamPsych supports paternity leave

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:17 AM

The Editor, Sir:

A father’s love and care is just as important as a mother’s role in children’s psychological health and in an array of psychological and behavioural problems.

The Jamaican Psychological Society (JamPsych) believes that a visionary company such as FLOW had this in mind when it took the bold step to adjust its parental leave policy to include fathers.

JamPsych salutes FLOW and all other well-thinking organisations who understand that the wealth of a nation is built on the foundation of sound family structures and systems. We are confident that Vision 2030 is achievable if, as a nation, we continue to invest more in families and businesses create more avenues for work-life balance. This is a reliable means to increase the productive capacity of their employees and greatly improve their return on investment.

Even as we are making strides, there is still a long way to go! Business, government and society must work together to ensure the development and maintenance of healthy Jamaican families. Without a tripartite relationship, paternity leave will not become entrenched, despite it being important for individuals, families and society as a whole. The significance of allowing families the chance to bond and of giving the child a stable environment with two involved parents should not be overlooked.

The Jamaican Psychological Society implores the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to bring all stakeholders together for discussions on the introduction of a Paternity Leave Act, to encourage shared parenting, support and mentoring.

Jamaica is on a good trajectory and JamPsych is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to achieve a psychologically healthy society.

Margaret Barnett

Director of Advocacy

Jamaican Psychological Society