Examining Practitioner Competencies, Organizational Support and Barriers to Engaging Fathers in Parenting Interventions

L. A. Tully, D. A. J. Collins, P. J. Piotrowska, K. S. Mairet, D. J. Hawes, C. Moul, R. K. Lenroot, P. J. Frick, V. A. Anderson, E. R. Kimonis, M. R. Dadds

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Evidence-based parenting interventions have been developed and evaluated largely with mothers. This study examined practitioner reports of rates of father attendance, barriers to engagement, organizational support for father-inclusive practice, participation in training in father engagement, and competencies in working with fathers. It also explored predictors of practitioner competence and rates of father attendance. Practitioners (N = 210) who delivered parenting interventions completed an online survey. Participants reported high levels of confidence in engaging fathers, but only one in three had participated in training and levels of father attendance in parenting interventions were low. Logistic regressions showed that high levels of practitioner competence were predicted by participation in training. Moderate levels of father attendance (vs. low levels) were predicted by greater number of years of experience while high levels of attendance (vs. low levels) were predicted by greater experience, higher levels of competence and higher levels of organizational support. The implications of the findings to informing policy and practice for enhancing father engagement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-122
Number of pages14
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Father engagement
  • Parenting interventions
  • Practitioner competence

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