With generous support from Port Waratah Coal Services, Hunter Children’s Research Foundation and Hunter Medical Research Institute, the DADEE program was developed in 2013.
DADEE is the first study internationally to target the father-daughter relationship to improve girls’ self-esteem and physical activity.
DADEE Pilot Program (2013-2015)
Phase 1 of the DADEE research saw the development and testing of the DADEE program with 115 fathers and 153 daughters at the University of Newcastle, using a rigorous randomised controlled trial design.
Impressive results were achieved across a range of domains for families including:
- Dads and daughters were more physically active
- Daughters greatly improved their sport skill proficiency, including improvements in kicking, throwing, catching, striking and bouncing
- Daughters demonstrated greatly improved resilience and social-emotional skills such as self-awareness, social awareness, self-regulation, goal-directed behaviour and optimistic thinking
- Dads improved their parenting practices and became more involved and engaged with their daughters
- Both fathers and daughters reported an improved closeness and warmth in their relationship
Importantly, these improvements were all maintained 6 months after the DADEE program finished!
Dads and daughters also reported a very high level of satisfaction with the program, rating DADEE at 4.9/5 (where 1 = poor and 5 = excellent).
DADEE Community Randomised Controlled Trial (2016-2017)
The next phase of the DADEE research will see evaluation of the DADEE program when delivered by trained facilitators and in local Newcastle communities.