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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 6/2019

25-03-2019 | Original Paper

A Quasi-Experimental Study of a Peer Support Group to Enhance Protective Factors for Fathers of Children in Head Start

Auteurs: Paul Lanier, Joseph Frey, Quinton Smith, Gerard Chung

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 6/2019

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Abstract

Objectives

The father–child relationship is an important factor in child development. Improving protective factors for fathers, such as access to social support, is one strategy to enhance these critical relationships. Few studies have examined parenting strategies for fathers specifically, and fewer have examined programs delivered in early childhood settings.

Methods

A quasi-experimental study of the Circle of Parents® program implemented in a Head Start/Early Head Start setting examined social support and other protective factors for 112 fathers.

Results

Based on intent-to-treat analysis, there was no improvement in social support but fathers who participated in the program reported a significant reduction in parent–child conflict (β = −3.38; p < .01). Due to lack of compliance in treatment assignment, propensity-score adjusted models were also estimated. One model indicated positive effects for increased parenting self-efficacy (β = 5.30; p < .05). Father engagement in this mutual aid support group was challenging.

Conclusions

Parenting support groups offer potential benefits to fathers, but barriers to program participation limit the feasibility of broader impact.
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Metagegevens
Titel
A Quasi-Experimental Study of a Peer Support Group to Enhance Protective Factors for Fathers of Children in Head Start
Auteurs
Paul Lanier
Joseph Frey
Quinton Smith
Gerard Chung
Publicatiedatum
25-03-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 6/2019
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01383-y