Father Involvement in Urban Low-Income Fathers: Baseline Associations and Changes Resulting From Preventive Intervention

Shauna L. Rienks, Martha Ellen Wadsworth, Howard J. Markman, Lindsey Einhorn, Erica Moran Etter

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Abstract

This study investigates father involvement among a sample of ethnically diverse, low-income men participating in a randomized controlled trial of a 14-hour relationship education program that teaches skills and principles for healthy relationships. Utilizing data from 137 fathers, we examined contextual, individual, and coparental relationship pretest correlates of father involvement and found the strongest predictors were income, religiosity, ethnicity, and parenting alliance. Pre-post analyses on a subsample of 112 fathers revealed that workshop participants increased father involvement compared to controls and men whose partner attended workshops alone. Among workshop attendees, increased father involvement was significantly predicted by increased parental alliance. Implications for improving fathering by targeting the couple relationship are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-204
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Relations
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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