Treatment outcomes of an attachment-based parenting program for biological mothers versus fathers

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Mothers rather than fathers typically attend parenting interventions. Consequently, research investigating outcomes of parenting programs generally reflect outcomes for mothers only and relatively little is known about engagement of and outcomes for fathers. The present study focused on investigating outcomes of an attachment-based parenting intervention for biological mothers (n = 630) and fathers (n = 149). Outcomes for parents attending together were also investigated. Findings suggest that mothers and fathers, regardless of whether they attended together or alone, benefited similarly from participating in the intervention. These included benefits in youth affect regulation, parental satisfaction and efficacy, and reductions of parental-child aggressive behaviour. In contrast to these three consistent findings for fathers and mothers, participating biological mothers benefited more frequently than biological fathers across all other youth and parental outcomes investigated. Implications of these findings are discussed.
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Thesis advisor: Moretti, Marlene M.
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