Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Mixed methods were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Fathers Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS) program. FOCUS is a diversion program which is designed to offer an alternative to incarceration for fathers who are noncompliant with child support payments. Quantitative data were collected through a pretest/posttest design (n = 55) and qualitative data were collected through telephone interviews with FOCUS instructors (n = 2) and community key stakeholders (n = 5) and focus groups with FOCUS participants (n = 76). FOCUS appears to be benefiting children by increasing their fathers’ emotional support, strengthening co-parenting relationships, and promoting their fathers’ parenting skills.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Courts | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work
Gallagher, John R.; Rycraft, Joan R.; and Jordan, Tommy
"An innovative approach to improving father-child relationships for fathers who are noncompliant with child support payments: a mixed methods evaluation,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 6:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol6/iss2/2