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https://doi.org/10.1177/1044389419899601 Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 1 –13 © The Author(s) 2020 Article reuse guidelines: sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/1044389419899601 journals.sagepub.com/home/fis Article Introduction Positive coparenting relationships are neces- sary to realize the goals of increasing nonresi- dent fathers' long-term relationships with their children, the financial support they provide, and child well-being. This observation is based on research finding that (a) positive forms of involvement by nonresident fathers are associ- ated with children's social and emotional well- being, academic achievement, and behavioral adjustment (Adamson & Johnson, 2013), and (b) the most salient predictor of nonresident 899601FISXXX10.1177/1044389419899601Families in SocietyPearson et al. research-article2020 1 PhD, director, Center for Policy Research, Denver, CO, USA 2 MA, PhD Candidate, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 3 PhD, professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA Corresponding Author: Abigail Henson, Criminal Justice, Temple University, 5th Floor Gladfelter Hall, 1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA. Email: abigailhenson@temple.edu What Nonresident Mothers and Fathers Have to Say About a Mother-Only Coparenting Intervention: A Qualitative Assessment of Understanding Dads TM Jessica Pearson 1 , Abigail Henson 2 , and Jay Fagan 3 Abstract Coparenting between mothers and nonresident fathers is a consistent predictor of positive father involvement and is shown to have a direct positive impact on children's behavioral outcomes. While many fatherhood programs attempt to improve coparenting relationships using father- only interventions, the information on their effectiveness is mixed. Couple interventions may be more effective than father-only approaches but are very hard to achieve with nonresident parents. Engaging mothers may be more practical and beneficial, although there is very little literature on the impact of mother-only interventions on coparenting relationships. The current study begins to address that gap. It presents qualitative reactions by mothers and fathers to a mother-only coparenting intervention and finds that a mother-only approach can achieve some important goals such as improved communication, reduced conflict, and mother's understanding of the father's point of view. Fathers whose parenting partners participated in the mother-only group agreed with mothers' assessments and also reported less undermining. Keywords coparenting, intervention, evaluation/outcomes/accountability, parenting, motherhood, fatherhood, nonresident fathers Manuscript received: October 2, 2019; Accepted: December 10, 2019 Disposition editor: David C. Kondrat

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