Impact of Champion for Children's Boot Camp for New Dads Program on Father's Confidence Towards Parenting
Purpose: To evaluate the BCND program conducted by Champions for Children in Hillsborough County, Florida, by assessing fathers’ parenting confidence, pre- and post-program.
Methods: Surveys containing eight questions measuring perceived confidence to maintain infant and mother wellbeing were distributed, pre- and post-session, to 89 BCND participants from March-September, 2014. T-tests and an ANOVA were used to determine statistical differences in means and the role for socioeconomic status (SES).
Results: Eighty-five surveys were completed (95.5%). T-tests revealed a statistically significant difference between pre-session and post-session average confidence for all participants (p<.0001). The ANOVA revealed that there was a statistically significant difference in initial average confidence between SES groups (p<.0012). A comparison of means showed that the lower SES groups had higher pre-session confidence. No statistically significant difference was found between SES groups and post-session confidence.
Conclusions: BCND contributed to an increase in confidence levels immediately post-session, regardless of SES. Further evaluation is needed to determine the long-term impact on fathers’ parenting confidence.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Evaluate the immediate impact of a prenatal fatherhood program has on parenting confidence.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, MCH Epidemiology
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate student conducting an evaluation of Champion for Children's Boot Camp for New Dads program under the direct supervision of Dr. Karen Liller and Dr. Carla Vandeweerd. My research interests are the social determinants of health disparities and the epidemiology of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.