Involvement of Fathers in Therapy: A Survey of Clinicians

Amy M. Duhig, Vicky Phares, Robyn W. Birkeland

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Clinicians providing treatment for children and families often question which family members to include in therapy. Historically, mothers were included in child-oriented therapy to a greater degree than were fathers. To determine actual rates of including fathers in therapy, 219 clinicians with specialization in clinical child psychology and family therapy were surveyed. In addition, personal and professional characteristics of clinicians were examined to establish the association between these characteristics and inclusion of fathers in treatment. Ways to help clinicians include fathers in child-oriented therapy are discussed in light of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


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