Paper #1: Longitudinal and Bidirectional Relations Between Coparenting Relationship Quality and Father Engagement Among Diverse Low-income Families
Paper #2: A Family Systems Approach to Examining Mothers' and Fathers' Parenting Warmth and the Development of Early Child Behavior Problems
Paper #3: A Longitudinal Analysis of Prenatal Risk and Resilience Factors Associated with Postnatal Parenting in Mothers and Fathers Exposed to Contextual Risk
Paper #4: Individual and Combined Effects of Parental Depression on Adolescent Well-Being
Paper #5: The Effects of the Dads Matter Intervention on Father Engagement and Involvement: Preliminary Findings
The first and second papers employ data from both mothers and fathers to examine parenting (i.e., coparenting, father involvement, paternal and maternal warmth) and children's behavioral outcomes (i.e., externalizing and internalizing problems). The third paper investigates associations of mothers' and fathers' prenatal mindfulness, psychopathology, and violence exposure to their postnatal mind-mindedness during laboratory-based parent-infant interactions. These three papers complement each other given their mutual focus on at-risk, low-income families with young children. The fourth paper examines the unique and combined effects of maternal and paternal depression on adolescents. Overall, the first four papers contribute to the methodological diversity (i.e., secondary data based on surveys, primary data based on observations) and representation of developmental timeline (i.e., prenatal, infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence) of this symposium. The fifth paper demonstrates the positive effects of delivering a father engagement enhancement to home visitation services that have traditionally targeted mothers. This paper contributes to the symposium's methodological diversity by introducing a rigorous intervention evaluation method (i.e., randomized controlled trial of Dads Matter).