ERIC Number: ED189499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Coping as Divorced Single Parents: A Comparative Study of Fathers and Mothers.
DeFrain, John; Elrick, Rod
A comparison of divorced single-parent fathers (N=33) and divorced single-parent mothers (N=38) found the two groups comparable on several variables: place of residence, race, age, number and age of children, religion, reported mental problems, and alcohol and drug usage. Fathers were somewhat better educated, had higher incomes, and tended to stay in their homes and communities after the divorce, while mothers tended to move. A 63-item questionnaire probed six areas: (1) history of the divorce process; (2) feelings as a single parent; (3) childrearing issues; (4) children's feelings and behaviors; (5) relations with the ex-spouse; and (6) forming new social relationships. On only one question were the responses of the mothers and fathers significantly different: nearly a third of single-parent fathers but only one mother, reported encouraging their children to side with them. Data indicate fathers are as competent as mothers in raising children alone. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).