FRPN Grantee Report: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of a Responsible Fatherhood Program: The Case of TYRO Dads

Jan 2018 | Young-Il Kim & Sung Joon Jang

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.

The full study can be downloaded below. Download the summary report here or the executive summary here

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