Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Rajean Moone, Ph.D.


Social Work


This research project shows the perspective of six respondents on fathers and its impact on infant mental health. This research describes how in the Early Childhood setting and Infant Mental Health field how father involvement plays out. Infant Mental Health was defined by the respondents as an interdisciplinary field, involving many different disciplines, such as medical, education and mental health. Despite many of the respondents limited involvement with fathers in their programs and Infant Mental Health work, the research found that roles of fathers are changing and they are becoming more involved in their young children’s lives. Father involvement was shown to be a component of good mental health through this study. Finally, there are some interventions that the respondents have used that are father-friendly and that current research showed were good ways to target fathers and have father-friendly environments.

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