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An intervention to increase father involvement and skills with infants during the transition to parenthood.
J Fam Psychol. 2006 Sep; 20(3):438-47.JF

Abstract

This study examined whether a group educational intervention during the transition to parenthood can enhance the quality of father-child interaction and increase father involvement with their children. A randomized experimental design was used to evaluate an 8-session program with 165 couples who were first-time parents, beginning during the second trimester of pregnancy and ending at 5 months postpartum. Outcomes were assessed with time diaries, coded observations of parent-child play, and self-reports of fathers and mothers. The intervention had positive effects on fathers' skills in interacting with their babies and their involvement on work days but not home days. It is concluded that a relatively brief intervention during the transition to parenthood can improve fathering, and possible reasons for differential effects on areas of parenting are explored.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, St, Paul, MN 55108, USA. Bdoherty@che.umn.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16938002

Citation

Doherty, William J., et al. "An Intervention to Increase Father Involvement and Skills With Infants During the Transition to Parenthood." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 20, no. 3, 2006, pp. 438-47.
Doherty WJ, Erickson MF, LaRossa R. An intervention to increase father involvement and skills with infants during the transition to parenthood. J Fam Psychol. 2006;20(3):438-47.
Doherty, W. J., Erickson, M. F., & LaRossa, R. (2006). An intervention to increase father involvement and skills with infants during the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 20(3), 438-47.
Doherty WJ, Erickson MF, LaRossa R. An Intervention to Increase Father Involvement and Skills With Infants During the Transition to Parenthood. J Fam Psychol. 2006;20(3):438-47. PubMed PMID: 16938002.
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