Transactional Family Processes

Supporting Father Involvement and Child Well-Being

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We worked with a variety of academic and community partners to explore transactional family process models that examine how couple relationship and co-parenting relationship quality relate to father involvement. The research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with partners from the University of Michigan and other institutions was essential as we worked to find ways to strengthen families and improve children's lives.

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About the Project

This project examined how transactional family processes (where family members influence each other), particularly couple relationships and co-parenting relationships, affect father involvement in fragile families, and how that relates to child well-being and socio-emotional outcomes.

The project used longitudinal data from more than 5,000 racially diverse, low-income families from the Building Strong Families study. Our goal was to better understand the processes that relate to father involvement and child well-being, and to develop methods for increasing both.

Collaborators on the project included the University of Denver, the University of Michigan and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development.

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Inna Altschul

An associate professor at DU's Graduate School of Social Work, Inna Altschul has devoted her scholarly career to helping families access the services and resources they need to thrive. Through ecological, sociological and psychological perspectives, Altschul has contributed to a growing field of knowledge around child development in marginalized families and communities, racial-ethnic identity, youth empowerment, and effective child development programs. She also serves as the Assistant Dean for Program Assessment and Evaluation.