Fathers and Sons program has positive influence on intentions to exercise


A recent publication from the Fathers and Sons program explored the effect African American fathers influence on their sons’ intention to exercise.   The Fathers and Sons Program is a 15-session family-based intervention focused on promoting the health of African-American boys by enhancing the parenting attitudes and behaviors of their nonresident fathers and positively influencing parent-child interactions.

Using a  quasi-experimental, intervention design,  the research team, led by Dr. Cleo Caldwell, studied  a total of 287 nonresident African-American fathers and their 8- to 12-year-old sons. Demographic information and intervention outcomes were assessed before and after the program, using a self-report questionnaire.

The intervention was successful in improving the exercise intentions of boys through increasing contact between fathers and sons, enhancing the quality of their relationship, and improving fathers’ own intentions to exercise.

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Ellis, K. R., Caldwell, C. H., Assari, S., & De Loney, E. H. (2014). Nonresident African-American Fathers’ Influence on Sons’ Exercise Intentions in the Fathers and Sons Program. Am J Health Promot. doi:10.4278/ajhp.130417-QUAN-179