Keywords

family life education, parent education, parenting newsletters, father–child relationship, fathering, early childhood

Abstract

This study is the first assessment of the perceived effectiveness of a parenting newsletter written specifically for fathers or father figures. The Father Times newsletter was distributed weekly for six weeks to all families of kindergarten children at a local school. Once hundred seventy-seven fathers responded to a self-report questionnaire regarding usage of the parenting newsletter, perceptions of the newsletter as a resource, and impacts of fathers' attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, and father–child relationship quality. Two-thirds of fathers in the sample reported changing at least "somewhat" in all nine outcomes explored. Neither father age nor number of children in the home influenced fathering outcomes, but fathers with lower levels of education reported greater impacts from reading the newsletter. While the newsletter targeted fathers, 70% of mothers also read the newsletter suggesting that targeting fathers may be an effective way to continue to bring parent education to mothers. It further suggests that a fathering newsletter could be a useful tool for coparenting discussions. We conclude that directly reaching out to fathers and father figures can bridge the divide between men and parent education programs, providing an effective alternative to traditional parent education programs.

Original Publication Citation

Brotherson, S., Holmes, E. K., and *Bouwhuis, C. J. (2012). Impacts of a parenting newsletter on fathers of kindergarten children. Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice about Men as Fathers: Special Issue on Community Father Involvement Programs, 10(1), 31-46.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012

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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