Increasing Fathers' Involvement in Family Therapy: A Discovery-Oriented Process Study

Publication Year:
2010
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https://scholarworks.wm.edu/honorstheses/693
Author(s):
Risely, Lisa
thesis / dissertation description
A discovery-oriented process study was conducted to explore the effectiveness of family therapists' interventions at increasing fathers' involvement in therapy sessions and in their families at home. A team of seven undergraduate raters were trained to rate the degree of fathers' participation in sessions and their predicted involvement in their families at home. Three clinical judges recorded the type and frequency of therapist interventions used in each session to increase fathers' involvement. Nineteen videotaped family therapy sessions were used to analyze the interaction between therapists' interventions and fathers' involvement. Findings suggested that interventions addressing fathers' involvement, especially those addressing fathers' involvement with their children, promoted greater change in fathers' involvement in their families. Results also suggested that interventions addressing fathers' complaints, mothers' interference with fathers' parenting, couples' closeness, and cooperation in parenting predicted greater change in fathers' family involvement. The study presented a beginning step towards developing a guide for the clinical implementation of interventions aimed at increasing fathers' involvement.