Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co-Parents

Academic journal article Best Practices in Mental Health

The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co-Parents

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The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co-parents Paul Florsheim New York: Oxford University Press. 240 pages (paperback), $31.72, ISBN 978-0-19-930947-4

Reviewed by Craig W. LeCroy

The Young Parenthood Program is an outstanding contribution to the field. This book addresses a clear need head-on-the growing number of unwed parents. These parents, and particularly the fathers, are a neglected point of intervention that has the potential to provide needed resources, support, and skills to the parents and ultimately to improve the quality of life for the developing child. Many programs address single mothers but few programs focus on both the mother and the father. Florsheim has designed a program that capitalizes on unwed mothers and fathers and works with them together to build a family unity in the best interests of the child. His goal is to provide young co-parenting couples with tools for creating stability and security and fostering child well-being.

The book begins with a clear review of critical research that provides a strong rationale for a program such as this one: the growing rate of young unwed parents, the benefits of keeping parents together, the research that supports the impact of father presence, the potential of added stability and security for the child, and the unacknowledged potential of including unwed fathers with mothers together in a program.

What I admire about this book is that it is based on current research and understanding, the best theory and research were used to design the program, the program model has been empirically tested, and the end result is a book that is a practical guidebook providing practitioners with the tools needed to apply the concepts and principles.

The beginning chapters (2, 3, and 4) introduce the program by providing the background and rationale, and they describe the role of the counselor and care coordinator in implementing the program. For anyone interested in wholesale program implementation, these chapters describe in detail the administrative applications for implementation of this program. …

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