ERIC Number: EJ850085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Adolescents with Nonresident Fathers: Are Daughters More Disadvantaged than Sons?
Mitchell, Katherine Stamps; Booth, Alan; King, Valarie
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p650-662 Aug 2009
This study examined sons' and daughters' involvement with nonresident fathers and associated outcomes (N = 4,663). Results indicated that sons and daughters reported equal involvement with nonresident fathers on most measures of father investment, although sons reported more overnight visits, sports, and movies and feeling closer to their fathers compared to daughters. Sons and daughters generally benefited from nonresident father involvement in the same way in internalizing and externalizing problems and grades. Feeling close to one's nonresident father, however, was associated with lower internalizing problems for daughters than sons. These findings suggest that nonresident fathers should be encouraged to be equally involved with their sons and daughters, as such involvement was associated with higher levels of well-being for both sons and daughters.
Descriptors: Daughters, Fathers, Adolescents, Sons, Parent Child Relationship, Family Structure, Gender Differences, Behavior Problems, Grades (Scholastic), Well Being, Parent Influence
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