Mental Health Intervention for Black Fathers
“Mental Health Intervention for Black Fathers”
The purpose of this study is to examine the feasibility of implementing a mental health intervention, using individual and group Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), embedded into Fathers for a Lifetime; an existing parenting program for fathers. The study will also assess the mental health status and daily functioning of fathers participating in the intervention and comparison arms. The mental health treatments available for parents focused on prevention and treatment of mothers or families but rarely was there a focus on fathers. Our study will use an existing parenting program for fathers to provide a mental health treatment for African American fathers with the intent of creating an effective treatment to screen, diagnosis, increase access to mental health services, and provide mental health treatment. By improving fathers' mental health, we can expect to see improvement in daily functioning, parent-parent interactions, parent-child interactions, increase confidence in parenting skills, and a decrease in parental stress.
Behavioral - FFL + Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Participants in the intervention arm will receive the standard, 12-week program curriculum of Fathers for a Lifetime in addition to 12 weekly, one-hour, group CBT sessions, and three (3), one-hour, one-on-one therapy sessions throughout the 12-week FFL program. We will implement an individual and group CBT mental health intervention that will align with the topics addressed in the FFL weekly curriculum.
Behavioral - Fathers for a Lifetime (FFL) only
The participants in the comparison arm will receive the standard, 12-week program curriculum of Fathers for a Lifetime. The curriculum is broken into three categories: Personal responsibility Personal responsibility to your child Responsibility to your family and community
Get Your Mind Right: Feasibility of a Mental Health Intervention for African American Fathers in North Omaha