DADS Family Project

Note: The DADS Family Project program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

DADS Family Project has been reviewed by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:

About This Program

Target Population: Fathers

Brief Description

The DADS Family Project is an innovative program that is designed to adapt to a variety of settings, from schools and churches to prisons and businesses. The purpose of the program is to assist dads to improve their understanding of the essential role of fathering. It is critical that the program be presented in a supportive gathering of fathers. Traditionally, parent education has been offered in mixed groups composed of mothers and fathers. The DADS Family Project is based on the belief that in a supportive learning environment fathers can be inspired, empowered, and enabled, through skill building techniques, to gain mastery and confidence in their role as a parent.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Cornille, T. A., Barlow, L. O., & Cleveland, A. D. (2006). DADS Family Project: An experiential group approach to support fathers in their relationships with their children. Social Work With Groups, 28(2), 41-57.

Type of Study: One group pretest-posttest design
Number of Participants: 63


  • Age — 20-57 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — Not specified
  • Gender — 100% Male
  • Status — Participants were fathers incarcerated in four Florida state correctional institutions.   

Location/Institution: Department of Family & Child Sciences, Florida State University

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
The study assessed the effects of the DADS Family Program intervention on participants’ knowledge and attitudes about their roles as parents. Fathers participated either face-to-face or through distance learning and completed the Parental Attitudes Research Instrument (PARI Q4) both pre- and postintervention. Results indicated that there were significant differences at post-intervention in the scores on four of the eight sub-scales, with participants at a distance having less positive scores than those in the face-to-face group. Limitations include the lack of a control group.

Length of postintervention follow-up: None.


No reference materials are currently available for DADS Family Project.

Contact Information

Larry O. Barlow, PhD, MFT
Agency/Affiliation: Florida State University
Phone: (850) 644-3217
Fax: (850) 644-3439

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2010

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2010