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ERIC Number: ED405991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-1
Pages: 17
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Rethinking Custody: The Case for Single Custodial Fathers.
Hilton, Jeanne M.
This study examined two competing hypotheses regarding the competence of single custodial fathers which have implications for considering parents' gender in awarding child custody: (1) parenting differences are based on gender, and single mothers will have higher parenting scores than single fathers; and (2) changes in role responsibilities following divorce outweigh gender effects, and parenting differences will be between married and single mothers and married and single fathers. Data were collected from parents and a 6- to 10-year-old focal child in 30 single-father, 30 single-mother, and 30 two-parent families. Parent and child versions of a parenting perception inventory were used to evaluate the parent-child relationship for each parent living in the household, with parent(s) and child rating how often the parent engaged in nine positive and nine negative behaviors. Three scores were obtained: positive and negative subscale scores and total score. Results supported the second hypothesis. Findings indicated that single fathers' positive scores were higher than married fathers', but no different from mothers'. Single mothers had lower positive scores than married mothers, but no different from fathers. Married fathers had lower positive scores than married mothers. Single fathers' total scores were no different from any other parents'. Single mothers' total scores were lower than married mothers', and married fathers' total scores were also lower than married mothers'. Single fathers proved to be competent parents with more positive behaviors than married fathers, with an overall parent-child relationship no different from other parents. There were no group differences in the children's parenting perception inventory scores. (Contains 13 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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