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Periodical Title

Journal of Adolescent and Family Health

Volume

6

Number

2

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

November 2014

Abstract

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.

Subject

Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene

Keyword

child support; diversion program; family strengthening; parenting; program evaluation

Discipline

Courts | Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

Document Type

articles

Extent

23 leaves

Language

English

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/

Comments

None

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