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Nurturing Fathers Program

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Expert Opinion
Population Reach: 20-49% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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Description

The Nurturing Fathers program is a 13-week training course in a group setting designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men (Nurturing Fathers).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Improved parenting

Evidence of Effectiveness

The Nurturing Fathers program is a suggested strategy to improve parenting attitudes and knowledge as well as fathers’ interactions with their children (Palusci 2008, Nurturing Fathers-Daire 2006a). Available evidence suggests the program may improve parenting attitudes and behaviors among fathers of various marital status and racial groups (Nurturing Fathers-Daire 2006a, Nurturing Fathers-Daire 2006b). Additional evaluation of Nurturing Fathers is needed to confirm effects.

The Nurturing Fathers program adapts the Nurturing Parents program model to address the specifics of fatherhood. Nurturing Parents has been shown to increase child welfare and improve parenting attitudes, knowledge, and behavior (SAMHSA-NREPP, CEBC). Nurturing Parents has also been shown to improve attitudes and behaviors among predominantly male inmates and participants in substance abuse programs (Palusci 2008).

Implementation

United States

The Nurturing Fathers program has been implemented in a number of states and a variety of settings including: schools, churches, prisons, parenting and counseling centers, and community action agencies (Nurturing Fathers). Specific examples include: the North Carolina Department of Corrections, The Oneida Tribe of Indians, the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (Nurturing Fathers), and the Mom & Dad project in California (M&D).

Implementation Resources

Nurturing Fathers - Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers). Accessed on May 23, 2016
US DHHS-Nurturing Fathers - US Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS). Strengthening families curriculum resource guide: The Nurturing Fathers Program (Nurturing Fathers). Accessed on May 23, 2016

Citations - Description

Nurturing Fathers - Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers). Accessed on May 23, 2016

Citations - Evidence

CEBC - California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). Information and resources for child welfare professionals: List of programs. Accessed on August 5, 2016
Nurturing Fathers-Daire 2006a - Daire AP, Greenidge WL, Johnson N. Parental attitudes and behaviors of participants in the Nurturing Fathers Program. The University of Central Florida, Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers); 2006. Accessed on May 23, 2016
Nurturing Fathers-Daire 2006b - Daire AP, Greenidge WL. A cross cultural investigation of the Nurturing Father’s Program outcomes. The University of Central Florida, Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers); 2006. Accessed on May 23, 2016
Palusci 2008* - Palusci VJ, Crum P, Bliss R, Bavolek SJ. Changes in parenting attitudes and knowledge among inmates and other at-risk populations after a family nurturing program. Children and Youth Services Review. 2008;30(1):79-89. Accessed on February 29, 2016
SAMHSA-NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Accessed on August 23, 2016

Citations - Implementation

M&D - Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. The Mom and Dad Project (M&D). Accessed on May 23, 2016
Nurturing Fathers - Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers). Accessed on May 23, 2016

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May 19, 2016

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