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Enhancing Coparenting, Parenting, and Child Self-Regulation: Effects of Family Foundations 1 Year After Birth

NCJ Number
Prevention Science Volume: 10 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2009 Pages: 276-285
Mark E. Feinberg; Marni L. Kan; Megan C. Goslin
Date Published
September 2009
10 pages
This study examined whether a psycho-educational program with modest dosage (eight sessions), delivered in a universal framework through childbirth education programs and targeting the co-parenting relationship would have a positive impact on observed family interaction and child behavior at 6-month follow-up (child age 1 year).

The evaluation involved 169 couples, randomized to intervention and control conditions, who participated in videotaped family observation tasks at pre-test (during pregnancy) and at child age 1 year (2003-2007). Co-parenting, parenting, couple relationship, and child self-regulatory behaviors were coded by teams of raters. Intent-to-treat analyses of program effects controlled for age, education, and social desirability. Evidence of significant (p < 0.05) program effects at follow-up emerged in all four domains. Effect sizes ranged from 0.28 to 1.01. Targeting the co-parenting relationship at the transition to parenthood represents an effective, non-stigmatizing means of promoting parenting quality and child adjustment. (publisher abstract modified)