Effects of a prenatal "Information and Insights about Infants" program on the knowledge base of first‐time low‐education fathers one month postnatally

Annette E. Pfannenstiel, Alice S. Honig
1995 Early Child Development and Care  
A study is presented of 67 first-time, low-income fathers' perceptions of their knowledge of the development and care of infants. Pregnant women from a low-risk and a high-risk pregnancy clinic helped to recruit their male partners into a prenatal program. The men were randomly assigned either to a control or experimental group. Interviews and measures provided data on family bactground, father attitudes toward infants, father perception of infants, father knowledge of when certain infant
more » ... ertain infant behaviors could be expected to occur, couple dyadic adjustment, father social support, and father self-image. The experimental group received two 1.5 hour sessions which provided information about the behavioral capacities of the unborn or newborn, and of infants in their first months. Fathers were videotaped postnatally with their infants during a feeding interaction. Scores of the experimental group on posttests of their knowledge of infants were significantly higher than those of the comparison group. A list of 52 references is included. (RJC) Reproductions supplied by EDRS are the best that can be made from the original document.
doi:10.1080/0300443951110107 fatcat:ktgv4tzpwvgtlny635e7uxk7yy