What Nonresident Mothers and Fathers Have to Say About a Mother-Only Coparenting Intervention: A Qualitative Assessment of Understanding DadsTM

Jessica Pearson, Abigail Henson, Jay Fagan

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Abstract

Coparenting between mothers and nonresident fathers is a consistent predictor of positive father involvement and is shown to have a direct positive impact on children’s behavioral outcomes. While many fatherhood programs attempt to improve coparenting relationships using father-only interventions, the information on their effectiveness is mixed. Couple interventions may be more effective than father-only approaches but are very hard to achieve with nonresident parents. Engaging mothers may be more practical and beneficial, although there is very little literature on the impact of mother-only interventions on coparenting relationships. The current study begins to address that gap. It presents qualitative reactions by mothers and fathers to a mother-only coparenting intervention and finds that a mother-only approach can achieve some important goals such as improved communication, reduced conflict, and mother’s understanding of the father’s point of view. Fathers whose parenting partners participated in the mother-only group agreed with mothers’ assessments and also reported less undermining.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-179
Number of pages13
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume101
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • coparenting
  • evaluation/outcomes/accountability
  • fatherhood
  • intervention
  • motherhood
  • nonresident fathers
  • parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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