A Meta-Analysis ofFather Involvement in Parent Training
Research on Social Work Practice
Objective: Investigate (a) whether including fathers in parent training enhances outcomes and (b) whether mothers and fathers benefit equally from parent training. Method: Using traditional meta-analysis methodology, 26 studies that could answer the research questions were identified and meta-analyzed. Results: Studies that included fathers, compared with those that did not, reported significantly more positive changes in children's behavior and desirable parenting practices, but not in perceptions toward parenting. Compared with mothers, fathers reported fewer desirable gains from parent training. Conclusions: Fathers should not be excluded from parent training and should be encouraged to attend. Further research should seek to understand how parent-training programs might better meet the needs of fathers.
Lundahl, B., Tollefson, D.R., Risser, H., & Lovejoy, M.C. (2008). A Meta-Analysis of Father Involvement in Parent Training. Research on Social work Practice, 18 (2), 97-106.