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ERIC Number: ED261273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-24
Pages: 11
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Joint and Maternal Custody: The Outcome for Boys Aged 6-11 and Their Parents.
Shiller, Virginia
Although divorcing parents have a variety of child custody arrangements from which to choose, opinions are mixed as to which children benefit from which arrangements. To compare the adjustment of boys in joint and maternal physical custody and to investigate factors related to their adjustment, 20 joint custody families with a boy aged 6-11 and a matched group of 20 maternal custody families in which the boy had regular visitations with the father were interviewed. Individual interviews with the boy, both parents when possible, and a written report from a subset of teachers were obtained. Parents reported boys in joint custody to have significantly fewer behavioral difficulties, teachers indicated that joint custody children were better adjusted in the classroom, and informal clinical impressions suggested that joint custody boys had higher self-esteem and less anxiety than maternal custody boys. While the adjustment of maternal custody boys was highly correlated with the length of time elapsed since separation, there was no correlation between time elapsed and the adjustment of joint custody children. This finding suggests that divorce may be less of a crisis for boys in joint custody. Data from follow-up questionnaires sent to all parents 2 years after the original study suggest that fathers who chose joint custody had higher self-esteem and were more respected by their ex-wives during their marriages. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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