Low-income mothers’ participation in the Understanding DadsTM intervention and changes in self-reported coparenting

Jay Fagan, Abbie Henson, Jessica Pearson

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This study presents findings of a mother-only coparenting intervention conducted in conjunction with fathers’ participation in a fatherhood program. Specifically, this study sets out to determine whether there is an association between mothers’ participation (N = 127) in the group-based intervention, Understanding Dads™, and changes in mothers’ reports of the coparenting relationship and mothers’ coparenting attitudes. The findings of this one group pretest/posttest/follow-up study showed that mothers reported fewer disagreements and less undermining of fathers following participation in the intervention. Mothers also indicated greater confidence in their ability to coparent cooperatively with the father after participation. Implications for fatherhood programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
StateAccepted/In press - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Coparenting
  • low-income fathers
  • nonresidential fathers
  • parent education
  • responsible fatherhood program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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