Increasing Fathers' Involvement in Child Care With a Couple-Focused Intervention During the Transition to Parenthood.

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Family Relations
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Hawkins, Alan J.
Lovejoy, Kimberly R.
Holmes, Erin K.
Blanchard, Victoria L.
Fawcett, Elizabeth.
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In this article, the authors report the results of an evaluation study of a program for couples during the transition to parenthood on father involvement in child care. One-hundred-twenty couples were assigned to 1 of the 3 groups: a treatment group that received the Welcome Baby new-parent, home-visiting program focused on infant development and health, supplemented with the self-guided Marriage Moments program focused on strengthening couple relationships; a comparison group that received just the Welcome Baby program; or a control group. The study revealed that the treatment group fathers were more involved in child care than control group fathers, and this finding was replicated in a second evaluation study. Family life educators must be open to the possibility that they may miss a primary intervention target, yet hit a secondary one. (Author abstract)

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