Using father preference data to increase father engagement in evidence-based parenting programs

Frank, Tenille J., Keown, Louise J., Dittman, Cassandra K. and Sanders, Matthew R. (2014) Using father preference data to increase father engagement in evidence-based parenting programs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-9904-9

Author Frank, Tenille J.
Keown, Louise J.
Dittman, Cassandra K.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Using father preference data to increase father engagement in evidence-based parenting programs
Journal name Journal of Child and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-1024
Publication date 2014-01-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-9904-9
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Survey (= 161) and focus group (n = 15) methods were used to collect data from a community sample of New Zealand fathers about their knowledge and experience with parenting programs, and their preferences for program content, features, and delivery methods. The prevalence of perceived child behavioral and emotional difficulties, parenting risk and protective factors, fathers' parenting confidence, and the family and personal correlates of father preferences were also examined. Survey results showed that fathers' knowledge and experience of available parenting programs was low. The topics rated most highly by fathers to include in a program were building a positive parent-child relationship, increasing children's confidence and social skills, and the importance of fathers to children's development. Fathers' most preferred program delivery methods were father only group programs, individually-tailored programs, and a range of low intensity options, including seminar, television series, and web-based. Program features most likely to influence father attendance were demonstrated program effectiveness, location of sessions, practitioner training, and that content addressed personally relevant issues. Fathers' level of education, stress and depression, and perceptions of child behaviour difficulty were linked to program content and delivery preferences. New insights were gained from focus group participants about messages to include in program advertisements and program content to emphasise in order to engage fathers. Findings highlight a variety of program and delivery options that could be offered to meet a range of father parenting support needs, including concerns about coping with specific child behaviours and emotions, and managing personal and parenting stress.
Keyword Fathers
Parenting programs
Child behavior
Consumer survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 17 January 2014.

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