Megan Howard,
project coordinator

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 Cultivating Father Involvement: From Research to Practice


Milwaukee Young Parenthood Study



The Milwaukee Young Parenthood Study (MYPS) was a project designed to test the efficacy of the Young Parenthood Program (YPP), a co-parenting counseling program which aims to help pregnant adolescents and the biological father of their baby to develop the interpersonal skills needed to provide their child with a safe, secure environment. YPP goals include increasing positive paternal involvement, preventing intimate partner violence and child abuse, reducing rapid repeat pregnancies and maternal stress, and supporting school completion.

Fifty-two couples were recruited between May 2011 and April 2012 to participate in the study. As part of the recruitment strategy, the project partnered with several prenatal clinics in Milwaukee, including Columbia St. Mary’s, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Aurora Sinai, as well as a number of community based organizations that serve youth. All couples enrolled into MYPS were interviewed 2 times; once before their baby was born, and then again when their baby was 6 months old. Half of the couples enrolled in MYPS were randomly selected to receive the YPP intervention. YPP program participants received a 10-14 week preventive-intervention couples-focused program, which included case management services. The program was administered by a Master’s level therapist and a case manager. The YPP approach targets the couple rather than the individual parent to help strengthen the co-parenting relationship and improve communication skills, regardless of whether the couple stays together romantically or not. In addition, the program is flexible, working with each couple to custom-fit the intervention to their needs and resources.

Please note that the Milwaukee Young Parenthood Study is no longer recruiting participants.

Funding Agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, Adolescent Family Life (AFL) Care demonstration grant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
AFL: September 1, 2010-April 30, 2013
CDC: September 1, 2010-August 31, 2011

Scientific Team

Principal Investigator
Paul Florsheim, Ph.D., CABHR Scientist and Associate Professor of Public Health, CUPH Scientist and licensed psychologist

Co-Investigator and Lead Evaluator
Sheri Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin and the Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, licensed psychologist


Megan Howard, project coordinator
Amy Kirby, lead counselor
Laura Ramos, care coordinator
Selena Webb-Ebo, care coordinator
Melissa Hernandez, counselor and graduate student
Pablo Navarro, research assistant
Rachel Reinders, research assistant
Darius Carr, research assistant