The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children (4 Credit Hours)

Program Summary:  This course seeks to understand issues that are unique to working with fathers.   It examines the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children, including the impact fathers have on children’s well-being and child maltreatment.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

Authors:  Jeffrey Rosenberg and W. Bradford Wilcox

Publisher:  US Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Children’s Bureau

Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

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Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to fathers and their impact on children’s well-being.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the impact fathers have on children’s well-being.  Describe the impact fathers have on child maltreatment.  Describe the role fathers play in the investigation and case planning process.

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1: For questions 1-3, please refer to Chapter 1.  Fathers are directly involved in ______________ of child maltreatment cases.
2: The presence of fathers in the home is tied to ____________ rates of child maltreatment.
3: Who tends to be more abusive?
4: For questions 4-8, please refer to Chapter 2.  One of the most important benefits of a positive relationship between mother and father, and a benefit directly related to the objectives of the CPS caseworker, is
5: Children who have an involved father are more likely
6: Research consistently shows that the married mother-and-father family is a better environment for raising children than the cohabitating (living together) mother-and-father family.
7: Fathers tend to interact with their children in unique ways.  Which activity is not necessarily uniquely characteristic of fathers?
8: Numerous studies have found that children who live with their fathers are more likely
9: For questions 9-14, please refer to Chapter 3.  Which of the following is linked to attachment disorders, aggression, and difficulty dealing with others?
10: Which is the most common form of child maltreatement?
11: The largest percentage of perpetrators of child maltreatment (83.9%) was
12: For a number of reasons, ____________ are more likely to abuse or neglect their children.
13: A 1997 Federal study indicated that the overall rate of child maltreatment among single-parent families was ___________  the rate among two-parent families.
14: Research shows that there are certain characteristics of fathers that make them more likely to mistreat a child including all of the following except:
15: For questions 15-20, please refer to Chapter 4.  In conflict, women tend to resort more to ___________ and men are more prone to ____________.
16: According to Dr. Ken Carefield, Founder and President of the National Center for Fathering, kids spell love
17: When it comes to father-child fun, which activities are more valuable?
18: Research consistently shows that fathers who are  __________ express more happiness with family life and have better relationships with their children.
19: Research indicates that children benefit when their parents know their friends and the parents of their friends.
20: Apologizing can be a sign of __________  for fathers.
21: For questions 21-24, please refer to Chapter 5.  Not all fathers should be included in the child protective services case plan.  Which of the following is an example of when a father would not be included in the CPS caseplan?
22: Which of the following is not part of the assessment process?
23: The first decision point in the assessment process is substantiating that maltreatment actually occurred.  The second decision point is
24: Interviewing fathers may include which of the following?
25: For questions 25-36, please refer to Chapter 6.  Researchers have defined three core conditions that are essential to the helping relationship:
26: The ability to perceive and communicate with sensitivity the feelings and experiences of another person best describes
27: When caseworkers are consistent, non-defensive, and authentic, they are demonstrating
28: Children in homes where they receive no financial support from their fathers are much more likely to be poor.
29: All of the following are keys to good discipline except:
30: Research shows that cohabitation- especially when children are involved- is the same as marriage.
31: __________ are much more likely to be involved in physical or sexual abuse of children.
32: A 1997 study of more than 600 families in upstate New York found that children living with stepfathers were more than ____________ more likely to be sexually abused than children living in intact families.
33: Fathers who have abused or neglected their children need to:
34: Research on restorative justice suggests that even brief contact between the father and child is generally not advised in cases of sexual abuse or multiple incidents of physical abuse, even if the father takes responsibility for his actions.
35: Children who have been _____________ will need consistent, calm, and nonphysical discipline from their fathers.
36: Children who have been _________ will need their fathers to pay particular attention to cultivating a routine that provides them with a sense of security, direction, and regular adult attention.
37: For questions 37-40, please refer to Chapter 7.  According to the Child Protection Service Pyramid, child removal may be a service strategy for families at
38: According to the Child Protection Service Pyramid, well-being is the primary concern for families at
39: Which of the following helps to minimize a father's propensity to maltreat?
40: Which of the following helps to minimize a father's propensity to maltreat?

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