Father Involvement in Dependency Review Hearings

Twila Wingrove, Sarah J. Beal, Victoria Weisz

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Understanding the impact of fathers in child maltreatment cases has been a neglected area of research. This study evaluated differences in child welfare hearings and children's perceptions of their situation where fathers were and were not present. Father attendance at hearings appeared to positively impact information-gathering. When fathers attended hearings, they lasted longer and covered case topics more thoroughly. Children reported more negative affect immediately after hearings where fathers were present; however, these differences were attenuated at subsequent interviews. Overall, the findings suggest that father involvement positively impacts case management, though more research must be conducted to support this finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-504
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016


  • Social work
  • child and family welfare
  • child protection
  • children and families
  • fathers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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