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The Effects of a Parent Education/Play Group Program on Father Involvement in Child Rearing

Brent A. McBride
Family Relations
Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul., 1990), pp. 250-256
DOI: 10.2307/584868
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584868
Page Count: 7
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The Effects of a Parent Education/Play Group Program on Father Involvement in Child Rearing
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a parent education/play group program on the types of involvement fathers have with their children and on their perceived sense of competence in parenting skills. Subjects were 30 fathers (15 treatment, 15 "wait-list" control) and their preschool-aged children. Significant program effects are found on treatment group fathers' responsibility, forms of involvement, and their perceived sense of competence in parenting skills. The relationship between parental competence and paternal involvement is also examined. Implications for future program development are discussed.

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