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Nonresident Fathers and Children's Well-Being: A Meta-Analysis

Paul R. Amato and Joan G. Gilbreth
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 61, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 557-573
DOI: 10.2307/353560
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353560
Page Count: 17
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Nonresident Fathers and Children's Well-Being: A Meta-Analysis
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Abstract

We employed meta-analytic methods to pool information from 63 studies dealing with nonresident fathers and children's well-being. Fathers' payment of child support was positively associated with measures of children's well-being. The frequency of contact with nonresident fathers was not related to child outcomes in general. Two additional dimensions of the father-child relationship—feelings of closeness and authoritative parenting—were positively associated with children's academic success and negatively associated with children's externalizing and internalizing problems.

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