Note: For materials focused on working with fathers for violence prevention in particular, see here.
Recent overviews or introductions
Barker, G., Garg, A., Heilman, B., van der Gaag, N., & Mehaffey, R. (2021). State of the World’s Fathers: Structural Solutions to Achieve Equality in Care Work. Washington, DC: Promundo-US.
Bateson, K., Darwin, Z., Galdas, P., & Rosan, C. (2017). Engaging fathers: acknowledging the barriers. Journal of Health Visiting, 5(3), 126-132.
Berlyn, C., Wise, S., & Soriano, G. (2008). Engaging Fathers in Child and Family Services (Occasional Paper No. 22). Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs.
Best Start Resource Centre. (2012). Step By Step: Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Bronte-Tinkew, J., Burkhauser, M., & Metz, A. J. (2012). Elements of Promising Practices in Fatherhood Programs: Evidence-Based Research Findings on Interventions for Fathers. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, 10(1): 6-30.
Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ). (2015). Windows to Working with Men and Boys: Compendium of Interventions and Research from the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014, Men and Boys for Gender Justice, New Delhi. New Delhi: CHSJ.
Ewald, A., Gilbert, E., & Huppatz, K. (2020). Fathering and Flexible Working Arrangements: A Systematic Interdisciplinary Review. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 12(1), 27-40. doi:10.1111/jftr.12363
Fleming J, Hunt T, King A. (2014). Recruiting and engaging men as fathers in social work practice. In: Pack M, Cargill J, editors. Evidence discovery and assessment in social work practice. Hershey, PA 17033, USA: IGI Global, pp. 235-260.
Fletcher, R., May, C., St George, J., Stoker, L., and Oshan, M. (2014). Engaging fathers: Evidence review. Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Freiband, A. & Barker, G. (2022). Who Cares About America’s Male Caregivers? Laying the Groundwork for a National Strategy to Support Fathers. Washington, DC: Equimundo.
Ghates, D., C. Shaw, and N. Hazel. (2000). Fathers and Family Centres: Engaging fathers in preventative services. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Gilmer, C., Buchan, J. L., Letourneau, N., Bennett, C. T., Shanker, S. G., Fenwick, A., & Smith-Chant, B. (2016). Parent education interventions designed to support the transition to parenthood: A realist review. International journal of nursing studies, 59, 118-133. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.03.015
Hassink, A. and Baringer, L. (2015). Fatherhood, Unpaid Care and Care Economy. In J. Edström, A. Hassink, T. Shahrokh, and E. Stern (eds), Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality, EMERGE Evidence Review, Promundo-US, Sonke Gender Justice and the Institute of Development Studies: Brighton.
Henry, J. B., Julion, W. A., Bounds, D. T., & Sumo, J. N. (2020). Fatherhood Matters: An Integrative Review of Fatherhood Intervention Research. The Journal of School Nursing, 36(1), 19-32.
King, Andrew. (2008). Introduction to Working With Men and Family Relationships Guide. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
King, Andrew, Joe Fleming, and Mohamed Dukuly. (2019). Generative Fathering: Engaging fathers in family based programs. Sydney: Groupwork Solutions.
Levtov, R; van der Gaag N; Greene M; Kaufman M and Barker G. (2015). State of the World’s Fathers: A MenCare Advocacy Publication, Washington, DC: Promundo, Rutgers, Save the Children, Sonke Gender Justice, and the MenEngage Alliance.
Maxwell, N., Scourfield, J., Featherstone, B., Holland, S., & Tolman, R. (2012). Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare Services: A Narrative Review of Recent Research Evidence. Child & Family Social Work, 17(2), 160-169.
McAllister, F., Burgess, A., Kato, J., & Barker, G. (2012). Fatherhood: Parenting Programs and Policy – A critical review of best practice. Washington, D.C.: The Fatherhood Institute, Promundo, and MenCare.
McKelley, R. A. (2017). Fathers in Families. In Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (pp. 1-5). Springer, Cham.
Panter‐Brick, C., Burgess, A., Eggerman, M., McAllister, F., Pruett, K., & Leckman, J. F. (2014). Practitioner Review: Engaging fathers–recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(11), 1187-1212.
Pfitzner, N., Humphreys, C., & Hegarty, K. (2017). Research Review: Engaging men: a multi‐level model to support father engagement. Child & Family Social Work, 22(1), 537-547.
Pfitzner, N., Humphreys, C., & Hegarty, K. (2020). Bringing men in from the margins: Father‐inclusive practices for the delivery of parenting interventions. Child & Family Social Work.
Scourfield, J. (2015). Fathers and Fathering: Social Work Perspectives. In Wright, James D. (ed.). International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences. 2nd edition.
Tehan, B., & McDonald, M. (2010). Engaging Fathers in Child and Family Services. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies. https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/engaging-fathers-child-and-family-services
van der Gaag, N., Heilman, B., Gupta, T., Nembhard, C., and Barker, G. (2019). State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care. Washington, DC: Promundo-US.
Working with separated fathers
Aoun, A., & Zhu, H. (2017). Supporting Fathers after Separation and Divorce through Programmatic Intervention-Fortsatt Foreldre in Norway as an Example. Fokus på familien, 45(01), 45-63.
Braver, Sanford L., and William A. Griffin. (2000). Engaging Fathers in the Post-Divorce Family. In H. Elizabeth Peters and Randal D. Day. (eds) Fatherhood: Research, Interventions and Policies (pp. 247-267). New York: Haworth Press.
Braver, Sanford L., William A. Griffin, and Jeffrey T. Cookson. (2005). Prevention Programs for Divorced Nonresident Fathers. Family Court Review, 43(1), January: 81-96.
Brown, Thea. (2008). An evaluation of a new post-separation and divorce parenting program. Family Matters, 78.
Child Support Agency. (2000). Back on Track: Finding a way through separation and repartnering. Canberra: Department of Family and Community Services, Commonwealth of Australia.
Desrochers, Stephan. (2004). Fathering at Risk: Helping Nonresidential Fathers. Family Relations, July, Vol. 53, Iss. 4.
Devlin, Ann S., Elizabeth H. Brown, Josephine Beebe, and Elaine Parulis. (1992). Parent Education for Divorced Fathers. Family Relations, 41(3), July: 290-296.
Douglas, Gillian, and Richard Moorhead. (2005). Providing advice for lone parents: from parent to citizen? Child and Family Law Quarterly, March, 17(1).
Dudley, J., and G. Stone. (2001). Fathering at Risk: Helping non-residential fathers. New York: Springer Publishing Co.
Emery, R. (2004). The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with your emotions so you and your children can thrive. New York: Penguin.
Fischer, Robert L. (2002). Gaining Access to One’s Children: An Evaluation of a Visitation Program for Noncustodial Parents. Families in Society, v. 83, no. 2: 163-174.
Foster, Richard J., Andrew S. Chudleigh, Raymond Lenton, and Penny S. Gibson. (2005). Fathers and the separation pathway: the Family Court of Australia in dialogue with men’s groups. Journal of Family Studies, v. 11 no. 2 October: 187-195.
Frieman, Barry B. (2002). Challenges faced by fathers in a divorce support group. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, Vol. 37, Iss. 1/2: 163-173.
Greif, Geoffrey L. (2005). Group Work with Noncustodial Parents. In Group work with populations at risk (2nd ed.), edited by Greif, Geoffrey L., Ephross, Paul H., 126-134. New York, NY, US:Oxford University Press, 2005.
Killeen, Damian, and Jennifer Lehmann. (2004). Non-residential fathers and their support needs. Children Australia, v.29 no.4: 12-19.
King, Andrew. (2008). Introduction to working with men and family relationships guide. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
King, A; Slocombe, L; Fletcher, R; Clugston, H; McKenzie, P; Chudleigh, A; Kerr, P. (2002). Hey, Dad! for separated fathers: A parenting education program for men. Wahroonga, NSW: Centacare Broken Bay, 96p, ill., forms.
King, Andrew, and Ross Fletcher. (2007). Re-engaging separated fathers with their children after contact has broken down. Children Australia, v. 32 no. 3: 21-28.
Maldonado, Solangel. (2005). Beyond Economic Fatherhood: Encouraging Divorced Fathers to Parent. University of Pennsylvania Law Review, January, Vol.153 Iss. 3.
Perkins, Daniel F., and Sylvia J. Ansay. (1998). The Effectiveness of a Visitation Program in Fostering Visits with Noncustodial Parents. Family Relations 47 (3): 253-258.
Philip, G., & O’brien, M. (2017). Are interventions supporting separated parents father inclusive? Insights and challenges from a review of programme implementation and impact. Child & Family Social Work, 22(2), 1114-1127.
Turner, Sharon, Peter Monk, and Bala Mudaly. (1999). Supporting Male Sole Parents. Children Australia, 24(2), pp. 32-36.
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Areán, J. C., Davis, L., Wasik, H., Scott, M. E., Laurore, J. & Bair-Merritt, M. (2020). Healing and supporting fathers: Principles, practices, and resources for fatherhood programs to help address and prevent domestic violence, OPRE Report # 2020-65, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Barker J, Kolar V, Mallett S, McArthur M, Saunders V. (2011). Supporting Fathers Who Are Homeless. Australian Catholic University, Institute of Child Protection Studies. August.
Barker, G. (2008). Engaging Men and Boys in Caregiving: Reflections from Research, Practice and Policy Advocacy in Latin America. New York: Division for the Advancement of Women Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations.
Barker, G. (2014). A Radical Agenda for Men’s Caregiving. IDS Bulletin 45.1: 85–90.
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Casey, P., Cowan, P. A., Cowan, C. P., Draper, L., Mwamba, N., & Hewison, D. (2017). Parents as Partners: A UK Trial of a US Couples‐Based Parenting Intervention For At‐Risk Low‐Income Families. Family Process.
Chan, K. L., Emery, C. R., Fulu, E., Tolman, R. M., & Ip, P. (2017). Association Among Father Involvement, Partner Violence, and Paternal Health: UN Multi-Country Cross-Sectional Study on Men and Violence. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(5), 671-679. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2016.12.017
Community Paediatric Review, Special issue: Involving Fathers in Community Child Health Services, 32(2), 1 June 2015
Cooper, M., Wells, L., & Dozois, E. (2013). Promoting positive father involvement: a strategy to prevent intimate partner violence in the next generation. Calgary, AB: The University of Calgary, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.
Cottingham, M. D. (2014). Recruiting men, constructing manhood: How health care organizations mobilize masculinities as nursing recruitment strategy. Gender & Society, 28(1), 133-156.
Cowan, P.A., Cowan, C.R, Pruett, M.K., Pruett, K., & Wong, J.J. (2009). Promoting fathers’ engagement with children: Preventive interventions for low-income families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 663-679.
Curran, Laura, and Laura S. Abrams. (2000). Making Men into Dads: Fatherhood, the State, and Welfare Reform. Gender & Society. 14(5), pp. 662-678.
Curran, Laura. (2003). Social work and fathers: Child support and fathering programs. Social Work, 48(2): 219-227.
Daniel, Brigid, and Julie Taylor. (2001). Engaging with Fathers: Practice Issues for Health and Social Care. London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.
Doyle, K., Kato-Wallace, J., Kazimbaya, S., & Barker, G. (2014). Transforming gender roles in domestic and caregiving work: preliminary findings from engaging fathers in maternal, newborn, and child health in Rwanda. Gender & Development, 22(3), 515-531. doi:10.1080/13552074.2014.963326
Doyle, K., Levtov, R. G., Barker, G., Bastian, G. G., Bingenheimer, J. B., Kazimbaya, S., . . . Sharma, V. (2018). Gender-Transformative Bandebereho Couples’ Intervention to Promote Male Engagement in Reproductive and Maternal Health and Violence Prevention in Rwanda: Findings from a Randomized Controlled Trial. PloS one, 13(4), e0192756.
Dozois E., Wells, L., Exner-Cortens, D., & Esina, E. (2016). No Man Left Behind: How and Why to Include Fathers in Government-Funded Parenting Strategies. Calgary, AB: The University of Calgary, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.
ECPAT Guatemala, Puntos de Encuentro, Red de Masculinidad por la Igualdad de Género, and Promundo-US. (2015). MenCare in the Public Health Sector in Central America: Engaging Health Providers to Reach Men for Gender Equality in Maternal, Sexual, and Reproductive Health. Washington, DC, USA: Promundo-US.
Engle, Patrice L. (1997). The Role of Men in Families: Achieving Gender Equity and Supporting Children. In Oxfam. (ed.). Men and Masculinity. Oxford: Oxfam (UK and Ireland) (originally published in Gender and Development, vol. 5 no. 2)
Fagan, J. (2008). Randomized study of a pre-birth coparenting intervention with adolescent and young fathers. Family Relations, 57(3), 309-323.
Fagan, J., and A. Iglesias. (1999). Father involvement program effects on fathers, father figures, and their Head Start children: A quasi-experimental study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 14(2), 243-269.
Fagan, J., and A.J. Hawkins. (eds.). (2001). Clinical and Educational Interventions With Fathers. New York: Haworth.
Fagan, Jay, and Howard C. Stevenson. (2002). An experimental study of an empowerment-based intervention for African American Head Start fathers. Family Relations, July, Vol. 51, Iss. 3.
Fletcher, R. (2008). Father-inclusive practice and associated professional competencies. Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse Briefing, No. 9, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne.
Fletcher, R., Hammond, C., Faulkner, D., Turner, N., Shipley, L., Read, D., & Gwynn, J. (2017). Stayin’ on Track: The Feasibility of Developing Internet and Mobile Phone-Based Resources to Support Young Aboriginal Fathers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23(4), 329-334.
Fletcher, R., May, C., Kay Lambkin, F.-., Gemmill, A. W., Cann, W., Nicholson, J. M., . . . Foureur, M. (2017). SMS4dads: Providing information and support to new fathers through mobile phones–a pilot study. Advances in Mental Health, 15(2), 121-131.
Fletcher, R., May, C., St George, J., Stoker, L., and Oshan, M. (2014). Engaging fathers: Evidence review. Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).
Fletcher, R., May, C., Wroe, J., Hall, P., Cooke, D., Rawlinson, C., . . . Kelly, B. (2016). Development of a set of mobile phone text messages designed for new fathers. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34(5), 525-534.
Fletcher, Richard, Paul Prichard, Andrew King, and Ross Fairbank (2011?). Engaging Fathers: A report of the Fatherhood Engagement Research Project 2009-2010. Government of South Australia.
Flood, Michael. (2003). Fatherhood and Fatherlessness. The Australia Institute, Discussion Paper No. 59, November. URL: http://www.academia.edu/444481/Fatherhood_and_Fatherlessness_2003_.
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