Journal article

A benchmarking study of father involvement in Australian child mental health services

Mark R Dadds, Daniel AJ Collins, Frances L Doyle, Lucy A Tully, David J Hawes, Rhoshel K Lenroot, Vicki Anderson, Paul J Frick, Caroline Moul, Eva R Kimonis



Fathers are underrepresented in interventions focussing on child well-being, yet research suggests their involvement may be critical to enhancing intervention effectiveness. This study aimed to provide the first Australian benchmark of rates of father attendance across several child mental health services. Retrospective casefile reviews were conducted to obtain data on father and mother attendance at 10 Australian child mental health services. A total of 2128 casefile records were retrospectively examined to extract family-level data. The main outcome measures were rates of father and mother attendance at sessions involving parents, and rates of father- and mother-instigated referral to serv..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study is an outcome of the Like Father Like Son project, which is funded by a grant received by MD from the Movember Foundation Australian Mental Health Initiative ( The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.