Co-Parenting And Nonresident Fathers’ Involvement With Young Children After A Nonmarital Birth
AbstractWe use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to investigate the association between co-parenting quality and nonresident fathers’ involvement with children over the first five years after a nonmarital birth (N=2,191). Using structural equation models to estimate cross-lagged effects, we find that positive co-parenting is a strong predictor of future fathers’ involvement, whereas fathers’ involvement is only a weak (but significant) predictor of future co-parenting quality. The positive effect of co-parenting quality on fathers’ involvement is robust across several techniques designed to address unobserved heterogeneity and across different strategies for handling missing data. We conclude that parents’ ability to work together in rearing their child across households helps keep nonresident fathers connected to their children and that programs aimed at improving parents’ ability to communicate may have benefits for children irrespective of whether parents’ romantic relationship remains intact.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. in its series Working Papers with number 910.
Date of creation: May 2007
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- NEP-ALL-2007-08-08 (All new papers)
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