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ERIC Number: EJ789858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
Together but Not "Together": Trajectories of Relationship Suspension for Low-Income Unmarried Parents
Roy, Kevin M.; Buckmiller, Nicolle; McDowell, April
Family Relations, v57 n2 p198-210 Apr 2008
We identified and examined relationship trajectories among low-income parents, with particular attention to fathers and mothers who never marry but maintain potential for greater commitment. Through analyses of life history interviews with a diverse sample of 71 fathers in the Midwest, we used a life course framework to examine the process of relationship suspension. Findings indicated that partner support was critical in overcoming environmental and family barriers to long-term relationships. By delinking partnering from parenting, unmarried mothers and fathers found a basis for prolonged interaction, apart from intimacy. Relationships persisted because of daily investments during many years of waiting to formalize relationships. Implications for research on relationship trajectories among low-income families and for policy and programs are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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