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Paternal Participation and Children's Well-being after Marital Dissolution
Frank. F. Furstenberg, Jr., S. Philip Morgan and Paul D. Allison
American Sociological Review
Vol. 52, No. 5 (Oct., 1987), pp. 695-701
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095604
Page Count: 7
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Using a nationally representative sample of children aged 11-16 who had experienced their parents' marital dissolution, we examine the influence of paternal involvement on the child's well-being. For measures of academic difficulty, problem behavior, and psychological distress, there is little evidence that paternal involvement had either harmful or beneficial effects. Paternal economic support reduced somewhat the likelihood of problem behavior. Frequency of visitation and closeness of relationship to father showed no consistent influence on the available measures of child well-being.
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