Online Program

Building Conceptual Models with African American Fathers at the Center

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Dawn Bounds, PhD, PMHNP-BC, College of Nursing, Dept of Community, Systems, Mental Health Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

The number of children living in homes without their fathers has grown nationally and the greatest percentage of children living apart from their fathers is found among African American (AA) families. Over half of AA children in the United States live in households without their biological father. Research supports the importance of positive fathering in the lives of children. Children who do not have meaningful relationships with their fathers are disadvantaged, as are fathers, families and communities. AA non-resident fathers have become dissatisfied and disaffected by programs that are neither conceptually grounded nor sensitive to relevant father and child outcomes.  Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to describe the conceptual framework used to design and test the Building Bridges to Fatherhood (BBTF) program.  Methods: After extensive literature review, the conceptual framework for the Dedicated African American Dad (D.A.A.D.) Study was adapted from previous work by Julion and colleagues, Carlson & McLanahan and Belsky. Results: This novel framework illustrates the relationships between BBTF program components, father outcomes, paternal involvement and child outcomes. The critical, though rarely explored path of interest is from improved paternal involvement to improved child outcomes. This presentation describes the application and testing of the model and the operationalization of key study outcome variables while controlling for covariates of interest. Discussion/Conclusion: Placing AA fathers at the center of theoretical/conceptual models allows the impact of a culturally relevant intervention created by and for AA fathers to be tested and disseminated.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the conceptual model used to guide the development of the BBTF program. Discuss the implications of having members of the target audience guide intervention development. Discuss known challenges and best-practice recruitment strategies for AA men and fathers that will facilitate rigorous empirical intervention testing

Keyword(s): African American, Family Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content I am responsible for because I have been in research on this particular subject for over 10 years.
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.