Paternal involvement before and after separation

Haux, Tina and Platt, Lucinda (2019) Paternal involvement before and after separation. Demography (R&R), . (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

High rates of parental separation and extensive loss of contact of non-resident fathers with their children have led to increasing academic and policy concern with separated fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives. Underlying such concern is the assumption that separation represents a discontinuity in fathers’ active parenting. Yet there is little evidence whether this is the case. This paper draws on a nationally representative UK longitudinal study of children born in 2000-2001, and, using a prospective analysis, interrogates the links between fathers’ involvement measured before separation and contact after separation. It examines a sample of 2,235 fathers of young children who separated from the child’s mother before the child was age 11. We examined those in both married and cohabiting relationships. We show that fathers who were more involved parents prior to separation were more likely to have any contact and to have more frequent contact after separation, even conditioning on other paternal and family characteristics associated with contact. Even among more involved fathers, however, contact reduced over time. We show that there were few differences between previously married and cohabiting fathers, but the existence of pre-separation contact had a strong link for married fathers on the maintenance of contact.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Tina Haux
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 09:38 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 11:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72372 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haux, Tina: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7140-019X
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