Examining practitioner competencies, organizational support and barriers to engaging fathers in parenting interventions

Apr 2018 | L.A. Tully, D. A. J. Collins, P. J. Piotrowska, K. S. Mairet, D. J. Hawes, C. Moul, R. K. Lenroo, P. J. Frick, V. A. Anderson, E. R. Kimonis, and M. R. Dadds

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 =‚ÄČ210) 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. Logistic regressions showed that high levels of practitioner competence were predicted by participation in training. Moderate levels of father attendance (vs. low levels) were predicted by greater number of years of experience while high levels of attendance (vs. low levels) were predicted by greater experience, higher levels of competence and higher levels of organizational support. The implications of the findings to informing policy and practice for enhancing father engagement are discussed.

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