Keywords

father friendly organizations, responsible fatherhood, father measurement, father friendly scales, fathering, Head Start male involvement programs

Abstract

Head Start programs offer a setting to examine support that facilitates father involvement. The Dakota Father Friendly Assessment (DFFA) is designed to evaluate an organization's level of father-friendliness. To establish its psychometric properties, a sample of North and South Dakota early childhood staff (N = 609) completed the DFFA. A number of measure were included as indicators of validity. Factor analysis of the DFFA confirmed the presence of four expected factors and revealed a fifth factor (loadings ranged from .40 to .80). Coefficient alphas for DFFA sub scales ranged from .71 to .87. Moderate relationships existed between DFFA sub scales and other measures, demonstrating concurrent and discriminant validity. Research is needed to determine the efficacy of the DFFA in other organizational settings and to identify change over time.

Original Publication Citation

White, J. M., Brotherson, S. E., *Galovan, A. M., Holmes, E. K., and Kampmann, J. A. (2011). The Dakota Father Friendly Assessment: Measuring father friendliness in Head Start and similar settings. Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice About Men As Fathers, 9(2), 22-43.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Fathering

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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