A proven co-parenting intervention assessing/addressing child abuse, neglect and substance use risk factors Presentation Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D, M.S.L. Smith College Dept of Psychology/School for Social Work Kyle Pruett, M.D. Yale School of Medicine Lawrence Ferber, Ph.D. Contra Costa County SFI Program Alberta Psychiatric Association March 26, 2010
Question 1a: Are there generational differences in father’s centrality between family-of-origin and current-nuclear family?
Question 1b: Are there generational differences in father-child closeness between family-of-origin and current-nuclear family?
Question 2a: Are there similar generational differences in mother’s centrality between family-of-origin and current-nuclear family?
Question 2b: Are there similar generational differences in mother-child closeness between family-of-origin and current-nuclear family?
Question 3: Do family-of-origin measures predict father involvement in the current nuclear family? NO – for predicting father’s centrality YES – for predicting father-child closeness
Question 3 (continued): Which family-of-origin measures predict father-child closeness in the current nuclear family? FATHERS MOTHERS Family-of-Origin Measure Father’s centrality in the family Father-child closeness r = .25, p <.09 r = .35, p<.06 Overall family structure Mother-father closeness r = .33* Mother’s centrality in the family r = .38* Mother-child closeness r = .35* # extended family members r = .41**
Question 4: Does mother’s relationship with the father or child explain additional variance in father-child closeness, beyond what is explained by family-of-origin experiences ? For fathers, closeness in the couple relationship explained additional variance in their closeness with their child. For mothers, closeness in their relationship with their child explained additional variance in father-child closeness.
According to Fathers: Proportion of Explained Variance in Father-Child Closeness
According to Mothers: Proportion of Explained Variance in Father-Child Closeness
Next Steps for Family Circles … Pictorial representations of family relationships shed new light on mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of father involvement. To strengthen our findings, we need to increase our sample size (especially the number of Hispanic/Latino participants) and increase our use of the standard Family Circles form. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THIS.