1st Edition

New Research on Parenting Programs for Low-Income Fathers

Edited By Jay Fagan, Jessica Pearson Copyright 2021
    270 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents state-of-the-art findings of research on fatherhood programs, funded by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), which advance knowledge and practice in the fathering field.

    New Research on Parenting Programs for Low-Income Fathers includes research on how to engage mothers to support father–child contact and to successfully employ social media and online technology for practice. It offers findings on how to increase paternal engagement and parenting skills and to include fathers in policies and programs for children and families. It discusses the importance of providing staff training and resources to practitioners who work directly with fathers. Chapters also provide summaries of key implications for evidence-based practice and future directions for research that encourage effective fatherhood practice.

    This book is an excellent resource for therapists, social workers, fatherhood educators, fatherhood practitioners, researchers, and policy makers on how to inspire positive father engagement with children and healthy coparenting relationships.

    1. Introduction 2. The Effectiveness of Responsible Fatherhood Programs Targeting Low-Income and Nonresident Fathers: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis 3. Does Curriculum Matter? A Randomized Control Study of the "Developing All Dads for Manhood and Parenting Program (DAD MAP)" Curriculum 4. Factors Associated with Fatherhood Program Effectiveness: A Randomized Controlled Trial of TYRO Dads 5. Engaging Fathers in Perinatal Home Visiting: Early Lessons from a Randomized Controlled Study of Dads Matter-HV 6. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Key to Kane, a Text-Messaging Intervention for Fathers in Hawaii 7. Challenges and Opportunities for Engaging Unmarried Parents in Court-Ordered, Online Parenting Programs 8. A Mixed-Methods Study of a Mother-Only Program to Enhance Coparenting Relationships 9. Fatherhood and Coparenting: A Study of Engaging Mothers in Paternal Involvement Interventions 10. Engaging Mothers in Coparenting Services With the Nonresidential Fathers of their Children via Fatherhood Programs: Insights Into Barriers and Solutions 11. "You Gotta Make Them Feel": A Study of Evidence-Informed Strategies for Addressing Domestic Violence in Fatherhood Programs 12. Journey of a Policy Change to Include Fathers in Homeless Shelters 13. Estimating the Monetary Value of Fatherhood Programs 14. Developing Father Inclusion Policy at the State Level: A Qualitative Assessment of Enablers and Barriers 15. What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here?


    Jay Fagan is Professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University and Co-Director of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, USA.

    Jessica Pearson is Co-Director of the national Fatherhood Research and Practice Network and Founder and Director of the Center for Policy Research in Denver, Colorado, USA.

    "This volume advances our understanding of what works—and might work—to increase the involvement of low income, nonresident fathers in children's lives. The studies it presents are a boon to the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) and the thousands of organizations across the country that we partner with to start and maintain fatherhood programs. NFI disseminated the results of these and other studies funded by FRPN to our partners because they can use the results to improve their fatherhood programs."

    Christopher Brown, MA, President National Fatherhood Initiative, USA

    "This book is a must read! It gives us influential research addressing change in family life along with effective models to support parents' and children's needs. The insightful, common sense, and essential recommendations of diverse researchers and practitioners are powerful. Authors Jay Fagan and Jessica Pearson provide exceptional guidance to improve services for parents and families." 

    Dr. James Rodríguez, MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fathers and Families Coalition of America, USA

    "As a 30-year fatherhood program practitioner, I believe that Dr. Jessica Pearson and Dr. Jay Fagan have meticulously documented in this book essential lessons about how best to attain positive program outcomes for low-income dads. This manuscript is timely, illuminating, and sure to be extraordinarily useful for fatherhood practitioners, researchers, and policymakers."

    Jeffery M. Johnson, PhD, President, The National Partnership for Community Leadership, USA