Child and Family Resilience among Low-Income Families:  
The Roles of Father Involvement, Co-Parenting, and Family Violence 

Project Summary

The core objective of the proposed study is to improve our understanding of the impact of family strengthening programs on indirect and longer-term child and family outcomes, including parental psychological well-being, economic resilience, and positive child development. In particular, this project explores how key implementation and family contextual factors relate to each other and jointly contribute to the promotion of child and family resilience among low-income families with children. Data are drawn from two family strengthening programs: Building Strong Families (BSF) and Supporting Healthy Marriages (SHM).  

The specific aims of the study are to: 

(1) Examine which specific implementation factors predict child and family resilience in low-income families 

(2) Identify different patterns of father involvement and co-parenting, and examine how they relate to each other and predict child resilience 

(3) Test whether couple’s relationship quality in conjunction with different patterns of father involvement and co-parenting mediate the effects of the program on child and family resilience outcomes 

(4) Assess if program effects on child and family resilience are moderated by family violence (i.e., IPV, child abuse). 

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Co-Principal investigators: Susan Yoon, PhD & Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, PhD (Department of Psychology, OSU) 

 

Co-investigator/ Statistical consultant: Minjung Kim, PhD (Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement, OSU) 

 

Advisory Board: Jeff Kramer (Action for Children), Lindsay Williams (Ohio Children’s Trust Fund), Natasha Cabrera, PhD (College of Education, The University of Maryland) 

 

Funder: The Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. [Grant Number 90PR0015-01-00] 

 

Research Products:

Yoon, S., Kim, M., Yang, J., Lee, J., Latelle, A., Wang, J., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. (2021). Patterns of Father Involvement and Child Development among Low-Income Families. (12), 1164.

[Research Brief] Patterns of Father Involvement and Child Development among Low-Income Families