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Document Type

Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Social work with men, Fathers-Services for-Evaluation, Father and child, Fathers, Involvement, Father-friendliness, Organization self-assessment (OSA), Agency, Intervention, Program, Supporting Father Involvement


Social scientists have become increasingly interested over the past 30 years in the role fathers play in child development. As a result, a large bank of research has been accumulated; however, one area in this literature which remains understudied is the relationships between agency father friendliness and father involvement. This paper is one attempt to understand the intricacies of the interchange point between fathers and agencies by using longitudinal data collected by the Supporting Father Involvement study, specifically examining the associations between father involvement and father friendliness, as well as the relationships among the various components of agency father friendliness over time. Based on the results of the analysis, recommendations are made about how agencies can increase their level of father friendliness and increase father involvement among their clients.




iii, 31 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 28-31)