ERIC Number: EJ815792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Reference Count: 44
Longitudinal Patterns of Nonresident Fathers' Involvement: The Role of Resources and Relations
Ryan, Rebecca M.; Kalil, Ariel; Ziol-Guest, Kathleen M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v70 n4 p962-977 Nov 2008
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, we examined patterns of nonresident father involvement 1 and 3 years after a nonmarital birth (N = 893). Cluster analyses were used to determine patterns of involvement across different father behaviors. About half of fathers displayed low involvement when children were 1 and 3 years old, one fourth of fathers maintained high involvement, and equal remaining proportions increased or decreased involvement over time. Multinomial logistic analyses indicated that better relationships between parents were associated with consistently high versus low involvement. Better relationships with each others' extended family also predicted remaining highly involved and increasing involvement over time. Parents' romantic relationship status was closely associated with patterns of involvement.
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Fathers, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Participation, Unwed Mothers, Interpersonal Relationship, Intimacy, Family Relationship, Statistical Analysis
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