Developed by the National Center on Fathers and Families with input from researchers and practitioners, the Fathering Indicators Framework assesses changes in fathers' behaviors and the impact of paternal behavior on the child and the family. The instrument was intended to provide a structure for measuring the characteristics of father involvement and to promote the collection of data necessary for assessing the level and effect of fathers' participation in the lives of their children. The resulting product lists indicators and data sources for six areas: father presence; involvement in caregiving; child social competence and academic achievement; cooperative parenting; healthy living; and material and financial contributions. Father presence refers to father engagement and responsibility for children, while caregiving addresses the activities that the father performs to contribute to the child's emotional and physical health. Children's social competence measures how fathers interact with children and other people to promote social and academic skills. Cooperative parenting describes the relationship between caregivers, and fathers' healthy living defines the lifestyle presented as a model for the child. Material and financial contributions identify ways in which the father provides material resources for the child. This report reviews background information obtained from research literature, program evaluations, and policy reports about each indicator category and its role in child and family well-being. Methodological considerations for data collection and analysis also are outlined. Although sample indicators are listed in each section, the complete instrument must be ordered from the National Center on Fathers and Families. Numerous references and 8 figures.
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