You are now being logged in using your Facebook credentials
Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

Winning a Dead Heat: Black Elected Officials Mobilize, Mobilize and Mobilize

By Peter Grear

By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat.  That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan.  

Read More...
Global United Fellowship Hosts Hugely Succesful Inaugural Conference

Global United Fellowship Hosts Hugely Succesful Inaugural Conference

Global United Fellowship

Nassau, Bahamas – Interdenominational unity and overwhelming love for God and God’s people saturated the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina as Global United Fellowship 

Read More...
Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Jill Scott Talks About Her 63-Pound Weight Loss Journey

Singer and actress Jill Scott

Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. 

Read More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2011 JoomlaWorks Ltd.

Don't Forget Dads: Engaging Fathers in Positive Parenting Programs

Written by Featured Organization on 11 February 2013.

Traditionally, programs that aim to change parenting behaviors and prevent child maltreatment have focused on mothers — viewed as nurturers and caregivers — at the expense of fathers. Historical strategies to lift single mothers out of poverty by having fathers pay child support have also led to uncertainty about underlying motivations to engage fathers in family focused services. “There is a certain mistrust surrounding services that target fathers, due to the underlying belief that recruitment is really all about the father paying child support,” says Patricia L. Kohl, PhD, associate professor of Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

To increase father participation in parenting programs, as well as improve father-child interactions, Kohl has collaborated with the Father’s Support Center of St. Louis to develop Engaging Fathers in Positive Parenting, a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to be used in conjunction with the evidence-based parenting intervention, Triple P, Positive Parenting Program. Triple P was developed over 30 years ago by Matthew R. Sanders, PhD.

“We didn’t have to adapt or change the original intervention,” Kohl says. “We added pieces to enhance it. Those enhancements included a motivational orientation strategy and the development of a social support network among the fathers who participated in the parenting program.”

The motivational orientation and social support networking incorporating a strength-based approach, successfully altered the negative perceptions of parenting programs that the father’s had, increasing the overall engagement of fathers in the program.

“The strength-based approach allowed us to build on the strengths of fathers that focus on positive achievements instead of negative past outcomes, with an end goal to help their children reach their full developmental potential,” Kohl says.

“What we learned about recruitment, retention and engagement can be translated to other family interventions,” Kohl says. “It reveals that we can get fathers involved in other children services. In fact, many want to be involved.”

A father’s engagement in a variety of children services contributes to the level of consistency in a father-child relationship, and can ultimately result in better outcomes for children, regardless if the father is living in the same home or elsewhere.

These efforts to engage fathers in services, builds upon Kohl’s previous research to understand how parental characteristics influence parenting behaviors and child outcomes.

 

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

 

GDN Link Exchange