Predictors of attrition and attendance in a fatherhood education program

Oct 2019 | D. J Laxman, B. J. Higginbotham & K. Bradford

This study examined risk-factors for attrition (drop out) and poor attendance of 1040 fathers enrolled in a five-session fatherhood education program with an emphasis on parenting. Demographic factors (including socioeconomic status), fathers' relationship status, level of relationship conflict, social support, psychological distress, and parenting stress were evaluated for their impact on attrition and attendance. Furthermore, the impact of financial incentives was considered. Results indicated that education, income, age, and relationship conflict were associated with attrition and/or missed sessions. Attrition and attendance did not vary by incentive amount. Implications of these findings for policy and practice are discussed.

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