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Just the Two of Us: Parent-Child Relationships in Single-Parent Homes

Barbara J. Risman and Kyung Park
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 50, No. 4 (Nov., 1988), pp. 1049-1062
DOI: 10.2307/352114
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352114
Page Count: 14
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Just the Two of Us: Parent-Child Relationships in Single-Parent Homes
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Abstract

This study compares and contrasts the relative strength of two different theoretical explanations, individualist and microstructural, for the apparent sex differences in parent-child relationships. The strength of each perspective is tested empirically through comparisons of single-custodial mothers and single-custodial fathers on a variety of dimensions, with particular emphasis on the parent-child dyadic relationship. The findings suggest the importance of microstructural variables as explanations for parenting behaviors.

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