Delivering parenting programmes to one or both parents: what works?
Do parenting programmes work better if they’re delivered to more than one parent – and if they engage with only one parent, does it matter which one?
In common with most services for families, parenting programmes tend to be delivered to mothers only. In our new research summary ‘Should parenting programmes engage with both parents?’, we set out to explore the state of the evidence about whether or not this is the most effective approach.
What we found is that in randomised trials, researchers have identified benefits to delivering parenting interventions to couples. And it may even be the case that father-child engagement declines when mothers participate alone in interventions.
Tags: Children's centres, Early years, Parenting education