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TRUE Dads: Evaluation of an Intervention Focusing on Father Involvement, Co-parenting, and Employment

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03069898
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 3, 2017
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2017
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Philip A. Cowan, It's My Community Initiative

Brief Summary:
With an emphasis on 12 3-hour group workshops, the TRUE Dads fatherhood intervention program focuses on establishing or strengthening three of men's key roles in the family: 1) their role as providers, through fostering employment and economic self-sufficiency, 2) their role as fathers, in building and maintaining positive engagement with their children, and 3) their role in having and keeping a positive relationship with their co-parenting partner (wife, intimate partner, or other co-parent). The study is a randomized clinical trial that compares participants in a program track with participants a study track (no treatment control group) over a one-year period.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Father-Child Relations Behavioral: TRUE Dads Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Interventions to strengthen men's roles as providers, as fathers, and as co-parents have typically been addressed in separate intervention and research silos. The TRUE Dads program proposes a unique integration of employment, fathering, and co-parenting services, with the overarching goal of strengthening fathers and the family unit by: 1) increasing fathers' economic stability and self-sufficiency, 2) enhancing the quantity and quality of father's engagement with their children, 3) improving the quality of the collaborative relationship between fathers and mothers or men and their co-parenting partners, 4) improving the relationship quality of fathers in their intimate partner relationships (with the co-parent or new partner), and 5) positively affecting children's behavior and development.

Twelve hundred fathers will be recruited for the study. After an initial interview of the fathers and their co-parenting partners, who will complete Baseline survey, 720 of the 1,200 fathers and co-parents will be assigned to the TRUE Dads intervention (Program track), and 480 to a no-treatment control condition (Study track). Participants will be informed that the program consists of participation in a series of 12 three-hour meetings. Those 12 sessions include six meetings covering a core fatherhood curriculum, attended with the co-parent, combined with one of three intensives selected by the father: a) six sessions with an emphasis on employment, b) six sessions with an emphasis on building healthy romantic relationships with the co-parent, or c) six sessions with an emphasis on parenting with a participating co-parent. Participants in the Program track may be referred for additional employment, mental health, or other needed services. Both program and control participants (fathers and co-parents) will fill out a Follow-up survey one year from their entrances into the study.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 2400 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Paraticipants are randomly assigned to intervention (TRUE Dads) and Control tracks, assessed at Baseline and again one year later. The intervention primarily involves attendance at 12 3-hour workshops for fathers and their co-parents.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Evaluation of the TRUE Dads Intervention
Actual Study Start Date : July 1, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2021

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MedlinePlus related topics: Parenting

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: TRUE Dads program track
In the TRUE Dads program, fathers and co-parents begin with a Core workshop meeting weekly for 6 weeks. After a check-in, a male-female group leader team focuses on a single topic that represents one of the three main goals of the project as a whole: Co-parenting relationships, Parenting, or Employment and financial stability. From 10 to 18 couples, seated at small tables in a large room, hear mini-lectures, watch videos, and engage in interactive exercises. Fathers then choose to attend one of three intensive workshops focused on couple relationships OR parenting OR economic self-sufficiency meeting 3 hours per week for the next 6 weeks. On an as-needed basis, fathers may be referred for employment programs and fathers and co-parents may be referred for mental health or other services.
Behavioral: TRUE Dads
The TRUE Dads intervention consists of a set of 12 3-hour workshops that focus on enhancing fathers' role as co-parent, parent, and provider

No Intervention: Control condition study track
Participants (fathers and co-parents) complete intake interview and fill out Baseline survey. They fill out follow-up survey one year later



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Father involvement [ Time Frame: Change or maintenance of positive behavior relative to the control group will be assessed at Baseline and 1 year post Baseline. ]
    This outcome will be measured by a composite of self-report survey items filled out by both fathers and co-parents, assessing fathers' involvement in childcare tasks, time spent in specific activities with target child, parenting styles, and parenting behaviors.

  2. Father/Co-parent relationship quality [ Time Frame: Change or maintenance of positive behavior relative to the control group will be assessed at Baseline and 1 year post Baseline. ]
    This outcome will be measured by a composite of self-report survey items filled out by fathers and co-parents, assessing perceptions of co-parent relationship quality, communication and conflict management abilities, and relationship stability.

  3. Economic Self-sufficiency [ Time Frame: Change or maintenance of positive behavior relative to the control group will be assessed at Baseline and 1 year post Baseline. ]
    This outcome will be measured by a composite of self-report survey items filled out by fathers and co-parents, assessing employment status, income, behaviors to find a job or acquire new job skills.

  4. Child well-being [ Time Frame: Change or maintenance of positive behavior relative to the control group will be assessed at Baseline and 1 year post Baseline. ]
    This outcome will be measured by a composite of self-report survey items filled out by fathers and co-parents, assessing child temperament, externalizing behavior problems (aggression, hyperactivity) and internalizing behavior problems (anxiety, depression, shy/withdrawn behavior).


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Individual physical and mental health [ Time Frame: Change or maintenance of positive behavior relative to the control group will be assessed at Baseline and 1 year post Baseline. ]
    This outcome will be measured by a composite of self-report survey items filled out by fathers and co-parents, assessing health behaviors, anxiety, and depression.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Gender Based Eligibility:   Yes
Gender Eligibility Description:   The primary focus of the study is on fatherhood, so the entrance to the study begins with fathers. But each father must bring the primary person with whom he is co-parenting his child -- wife, romantic partner, friend, mother. Usually the co-parent is a woman, but occasionally a man (father's father, intimate partner).
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

This study begins with a focus on fathers. We are initially recruiting men who:

  • Are 18 or older
  • Are residing in Oklahoma County/Metro
  • Are expecting a child or already have a child age (0-12), with an emphasis on 0-6,
  • Have spent time with the child the prior month (or with mother if expecting)
  • Are English-speaking. Have not previously participated in the Family Expectations program offered by Public Strategies (Oklahoma) in the last 3 years

Exclusion criteria:

Because this an intervention for fathers that attempts to improve the relationship with the fathers' co-parent, we are accepting fathers only if the co-parent agrees to attend at least the first 6 workshops. In pilot trials, almost all the co-parents are women (wives, intimate partners, grandmothers), but a few are men (the fathers' father, brother, intimate partner)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Either or both partners have taken part in the Family Expectations project during the past three years, located in the same building, run by Public Strategies

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03069898


Contacts
Contact: Philip A. Cowan, PhD 510-526-2586 pcowan@berkeley.edu
Contact: Carolyn P. Cowan, PhD 510-914-8336 ccowan@berkeley.edu

Locations
United States, Oklahoma
It's My Community Initiative Recruiting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, 73104
Contact: Marc L. Taylor    405-418-3863    marc.taylor@TRUEdads.com   
Contact: Patrick Marc-Charles    405-418-3921    Patrick Marc-Charles <Patrick.Marc-Charles@TrueDads.com>   
Sponsors and Collaborators
It's My Community Initiative
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Philip A. Cowan, PhD It's My Community Initiative

Responsible Party: Philip A. Cowan, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, It's My Community Initiative
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03069898     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016-08-9047
First Posted: March 3, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2017
Last Verified: August 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Philip A. Cowan, It's My Community Initiative:
Marital relationship