Journal article

Examining Practitioner Competencies, Organizational Support and Barriers to Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions

LA Tully, DAJ Collins, PJ Piotrowska, KS Mairet, DJ Hawes, C Moul, RK Lenroot, PJ Frick, VA Anderson, ER Kimonis, MR Dadds

CHILD PSYCHIATRY & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT | SPRINGER | Published : 2018

Abstract

Evidence-based parenting interventions have been developed and evaluated largely with mothers. This study examined practitioner reports of rates of father attendance, barriers to engagement, organizational support for father-inclusive practice, participation in training in father engagement, and competencies in working with fathers. It also explored predictors of practitioner competence and rates of father attendance. Practitioners (N = 210) who delivered parenting interventions completed an online survey. Participants reported high levels of confidence in engaging fathers, but only one in three had participated in training and levels of father attendance in parenting interventions were low...

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