Parenting Together Project (PTP)

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

Scientific Rating:
2
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Low
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Parenting Together Project (PTP) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Father Involvement Interventions.

Target Population: Couples that just became first-time parents and could use assistance in developing the father's role in parenthood

Brief Description

PTP is an educational intervention for first-time parents that focuses on the development of fathers’ knowledge, skills, and commitment to the fatherhood role. The programs goals are to increase mothers’ support and expectations for the fathers’ involvement; to foster co-parental teamwork in the couple; and to have the couple deal more constructively with contextual factors such as work and cultural expectations. The intervention consists of eight 2-hour sessions that are spread out between the second trimester of pregnancy and five months postpartum.

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 is rated a "2 - Supported by Research Evidence" on the Scientific Rating Scale based on the published, peer-reviewed research available. The program must have at least one rigorous randomized controlled trial with a sustained effect of at least 6 months. The article(s) below that reports outcomes from an RCT showing a sustained effect of at least 6 months has an asterisk (*) at the beginning of its entry. Please see the Scientific Rating Scale for more information.

Child Welfare Outcome: Child/Family Well-Being

*Doherty, W. J., Erickson, M. F., & LaRossa, R. (2006). An intervention to increase father involvement and skills with infants during the transition to parenthood, Journal of Family Psychology, 20(3), 438-447.

Type of Study: Randomized controlled trial
Number of Participants: 168

Population:

  • Age — 18-45 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — 16% Multiracial, 3% African American and Asian/Pacific Islander, all others not specified
  • Gender — 50% Male and 50% Female
  • Status — Participants were couples recruited from a local health maintenance organization who were from a low-risk community sample.

Location/Institution: University of Minnesota

Summary: (To include comparison groups, outcomes, measures, notable limitations)
The study examined whether a group educational intervention [now called the Parenting Together Project (PTP)] during the transition to parenthood can enhance the quality of father-child interaction and increase father involvement for first-time parents. Couples were randomly assigned to either an 8-session treatment (beginning during the second trimester of pregnancy and ending at 5 months postpartum) or to a control group. Measures utilized include Interaction/Accessibility Time Chart, Parent Behavior Rating Scale, and the Parental Responsibility Scale (PRS) at 6 months and 12 months postpartum. Results indicated that the intervention had positive effects on fathers’ skills in interacting with their babies and their involvement on work days, but not home days. Limitations included difficulty with attrition and generalizability to child welfare populations due to low-risk sample characteristics.

Length of postintervention follow-up: 7 months after end of intervention (12 months postpartum).

References

No reference materials are currently available for Parenting Together Project (PTP).

Contact Information

Name: William J. Doherty, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Email:
Phone: (612) 625-4752 or (612) 625-4227

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2011