Professionals’ positive perceptions of fathers are associated with more favourable attitudes towards including them in family interventions.

Authors: deMontigny F, Gervais C, Meunier S, Dubeau D


Acta Paediatr. 2017 Jul 01;:

AIM: This Université du Quebec en Outaouais study examined professionals' attitudes towards fathers, their perceived self-efficacy when working with them and their perceptions of the importance of including fathers in family interventions.
METHODS: Professionals in Quebec, Canada, working in childcare fields such as education, social services, health, community services and management answered a self-report questionnaire between 2013 and 2015. The 296 respondents (90% female) had a mean age of 39 (20-65), were from urban, semi-urban and rural settings and provided services to families with children up to five years of age.
RESULTS: Social service professionals perceived fathers more negatively than did other professionals. Even though male professionals perceived fathers more negatively, they felt more confident working with them than did their female counterparts. Positive perceptions of fathers were associated with more favourable attitudes towards including them in family interventions, and this association was mediated by the professionals' perceptions of their own self-efficacy.
CONCLUSION: The most negative attitudes were reported by social service professionals. Male professionals viewed fathers more negatively but were more confident working with them than were female colleagues. Improving professionals' perceptions of fathers could help to promote their inclusion in family interventions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.



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