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An impact and feasibility evaluation of a 6 week (9 hour) active play intervention on fathers' engagement with their preschool children: A feasibility study

Houghton, L and O'Dwyer, MV and Foweather, L and Watson, PM and Alford, S and Knowles, ZR (2014) An impact and feasibility evaluation of a 6 week (9 hour) active play intervention on fathers' engagement with their preschool children: A feasibility study. Early Child Development and Care, 185 (2). pp. 244-266. ISSN 1476-8275

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated the benefits of father involvement with their children and a link between uninvolved fatherhood and societal problems. Children’s Centres (n=15) received 6 x 90 minute active play sessions designed to foster six aspects of parental engagement. Fathers’ engagement and attitudes to child PA were measured pre- and post-intervention via questionnaire. Acceptability of the intervention was explored through participant and staff focus groups. Results showed no effect on overall time fathers spent with their child during the week (t (36) = 0.178, p = 0.860) and the weekend (t (36) =1.166, p = 0.252). Qualitative results demonstrated the sessions provided opportunities for fathers to spend quality time with their children. Parenting self-efficacy increased across the subscale control, t (36) = -2.97, p = 0.04. Fathers increased awareness of their role in motivating their child to play (z = -2.46, p = 0.01). Further longitudinal research is recommended.

Key Words: fathers’ engagement; childcare settings; parenting programmes; active play; parenting self-efficacy

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Early Child Development and Care on 10/7/15, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2014.919495
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 14:49
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 19:13
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/03004430.2014.919495
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1003

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