ERIC Number: ED335580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A Comparison of Problems and Adjustment of Divorced Custodial Fathers, Divorced Noncustodial Fathers, and Divorced Childless Men.
Krick, Robert L.; And Others
Research on the effects of divorce has generally focused on mothers and children, neglecting the father. This study examined post-divorce problems in divorced custodial fathers (N=20), divorced noncustodial fathers (N=20), and divorced childless men (N=20). The three groups and a group of married fathers (N=20) were compared on a measure of morale and a measure of psychological adjustment. Multivariate analysis of variance demonstrated significant overall differences (p<.05) among the three divorced groups on post-divorce problems. Analysis of variance and individual comparison techniques revealed, as expected, that both custodial and noncustodial divorced fathers reported significantly more parent-child concerns than divorced childless men (p<.05), but that there was no significant difference between the custodial and noncustodial divorced fathers. Divorced custodial fathers reported more practical problems (housekeeping, cooking, time management) than did divorced childless men (p<.05), while divorced noncustodial fathers did not differ significantly from the other two groups. The findings on post-divorce problems suggest that noncustodial fathers may be in need of interventions similar to those developed for custodial fathers. (36 references) (NB)
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 Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).