The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the TYRO Dads program. They examined whether attending the TYRO Dads program increases two primary outcomes: the frequency of fathers doing things with their child (or, in short, father-child activities) and their satisfaction with parenting their child (or, in short, parenting satisfaction). Second, they investigated whether differences in the primary outcomes between treatment and control group are attributable to four secondary outcomes of the program: fathers’ parenting efficacy, parenting role identity, perceived challenges in parenting, and perception of coparenting relationship with their child’s mother. Third, they focused on low-income fathers, unlike previous researchers who mostly studied middle- to high-income fathers. Fourth, they considered the impact of program dosage, or the number of classes fathers attend, on the primary outcomes of father-child activities and parenting satisfaction. Finally, they conducted a three-wave panel study of pre-test, post-test, and three-month follow-up surveys to compare treatment and control group in terms of changes in the primary and secondary outcomes. (Author abstract modified)
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