Fathers as Resources in Families Involved in the Child Welfare System. (Article in Bringing Back the Dads: Engaging Non-Resident Fathers in the Child Welfare System.)

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Journal Name
Protecting Children
Journal Volume
24
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
12
Year Published
2009
Author (Individual)
Pruett, Marsha Kline.
Cowan, Carolyn Pape.
Cowan, Philip A.
Pruett, Kyle.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English
A study investigated the effectiveness of the Supporting Father Involvement program that includes two types of interventions: a fathers-only group and a couples group, each lasting 32 hours over 16 weeks. Families who participated in the groups were compared with controls who attended a 3-hour information session on the importance of fathers. Compared to the control group, parents in the couples groups showed increased father involvement, couple satisfaction, and decreased personal and parenting distress. Fathers groups made fewer gains but had more significant positive effects on father involvement that did controls. Future research is discussed. 22 references.

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