Fathering: Promoting Positive Father Involvement

Edited by Annie Devault, Gilles Forget, and Diane Dubeau

© 2015

In the past few decades, researchers and practitioners have moved away from the idea of fatherhood as a single, monolithic concept. Examining the challenges of vulnerable fathers such as those in poverty or in prison, they have developed valuable new strategies for cultivating the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

Drawing on the innovative work of Prospère, a Quebec organization that brought together fathers, university researchers, and health and social service practitioners, Fathering details innovative approaches that support positive father involvement. It provides numerous examples of strategies and interventions with fathers, lessons learned from these practices on how to better support vulnerable fathers and families, and in-depth information on ways of designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating the results of participatory action research (PAR) – a methodology which put fathers at the heart of the project’s decision-making.

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  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.7in x 8.6in
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Drawing on the innovative work of Prospère, a Quebec organization that brought together fathers, university researchers, and health and social service practitioners, Fathering details innovative approaches that support positive father involvement.

Fathering: Promoting Positive Father Involvement

Edited by Annie Devault, Gilles Forget, and Diane Dubeau

© 2015

In the past few decades, researchers and practitioners have moved away from the idea of fatherhood as a single, monolithic concept. Examining the challenges of vulnerable fathers such as those in poverty or in prison, they have developed valuable new strategies for cultivating the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

Drawing on the innovative work of Prospère, a Quebec organization that brought together fathers, university researchers, and health and social service practitioners, Fathering details innovative approaches that support positive father involvement. It provides numerous examples of strategies and interventions with fathers, lessons learned from these practices on how to better support vulnerable fathers and families, and in-depth information on ways of designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating the results of participatory action research (PAR) – a methodology which put fathers at the heart of the project’s decision-making.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.7in x 8.6in
  • Reviews

    Fathering is a book that will be useful to academics, practitioners, and policy makers concerned with father involvement, especially those working with vulnerable fathers. An excellent contribution to the field.”


    Lisa Newland, Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education, School of Education, University of South Dakota
  • Author Information

    Annie Devault is a professor in the Department of Social Work at l’Université du Québec en Outaouais.


    Gilles Forget is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health and Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology. He was a health promotion officer in Montreal’s Public Health Department for more than twenty years.


    Diane Dubeau is a professor in the Department of Psychoeducation and Psychology at l’Université du Québec en Outaouais.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword (Kerry Daly)
    Introduction (Annie Devault, Gilles Forget, and Diane Dubeau)
    Chapter 1: Traditions, Tensions and Trends in Participatory Action Research (Sandrina de Finney and Jessica Ball)
    Chapter 2: Father Involvement: A Multi-faceted Concept (Diane Dubeau, Annie Devault, and Daniel Paquette)
    Chapter 3: Mobilizing Actors in Participatory Action Research: Promoting Father Involvement in Two Vulnerable Communities in Quebec (Geneviève Turcotte and Francine Ouellet)
    Chapter 4: The Challenging Evaluation of Complex Interventions (Diane Dubeau, Geneviève Turcotte, Francine Ouellet and Sylvain Coutu)
    Chapter 5: A Retrospective Look at the Partnership between Researchers and Actors (Gilles Forget and Dominic Bizot)
    Chapter 6: Support for Father Involvement in a Socio-professional Integration Context (Annie Devault, Gilles Forget, Francine Ouellet, Marie-Pierre Milcent, and Jeanne Doré)
    Chapter 7: Fathers behind Bars: A Participatory Action Research Project to Support Father Involvement following Incarceration (Diane Dubeau, Martine Barrette, and Denis Lafortune)
    Chapter 8: An Outreach and Support Program for Socioeconomically Vulnerable Fathers (Geneviève Turcotte, Gilles Forget, Francine Ouellet and Isabelle Sanchez)
    Chapter 9: Knowledge Transfer: Moving Evidence into Practice (Gilles Forget)
    Conclusion: Fathering: New Paths, Future Possibilities (Annie Devault, Gilles Forget, and Diane Dubeau)
    Appendix 1: Father Involvement Questionnaire
    Appendix 2: Methodological Parameters of the Impacts of Evaluation

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