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In 2014, the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and the Ridge Project, Inc., received funding from the FRPN to conduct a singleblind, randomized, controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of the Ridge Project's “TYRO Dads” program in improving the father-child relationship among low-income, primarily unmarried, nonresidential fathers.
Researchers collected data from 252 fathers who participated in the study at 17 research sites in eight cities in Ohio by conducting a survey three times between February 2015 and September 2016: before the intervention (pre-test), immediately after the intervention (post-test), and three months after the intervention (follow-up). The primary outcomes of interest include fathers’ reports of satisfaction with parenting their child and the frequency of father-child activities. Also measured were secondary outcomes of intervention: fathers’ parenting efficacy, role identity, coparenting relationship with their child’s mother and perceived challenges in parenting.