ERIC Number: EJ889768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Resident Fathering Programs: Are Family Life Educators Interested in Fathers?
Holmes, Erin K.; Galovan, Adam M.; Yoshida, Keitaro; Hawkins, Alan J.
Family Relations, v59 n3 p240-252 Jul 2010
Using meta-analysis, we reviewed the effectiveness of resident fathering education programs. Our review identified 16 studies with over 200 reported effect sizes. Results revealed a significant overall effect size of d = 0.26, with specific significant outcomes ranging from d = 0.14 to d = 0.61. Studies with father-only reports produced significantly larger effects than multiple-reporter studies; studies with no-treatment control groups produced larger effects than studies with minimal-treatment comparison groups. A lack of long-term follow-up evaluation limited our ability to examine the strength of these effects over time. Although there is some reason for optimism, more fathering education program research is needed. Indeed, the dearth of work in this area may be the most important finding of this meta-analysis.
Descriptors: Control Groups, Family Life, Program Effectiveness, Effect Size, Meta Analysis, Fathers, Parent Education
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