Research in this paper was supported by grant R01 HD 42115 funded by the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and in part, by grants P20 DA 017592, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Branch, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), and R01 DA 16097 Prevention Research Branch, NIDA.
Social Support for Divorced Fathers’ Parenting: Testing a Stress-Buffering Model*
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 35–48, January 2008
How to Cite
DeGarmo, D. S., Patras, J. and Eap, S. (2008), Social Support for Divorced Fathers’ Parenting: Testing a Stress-Buffering Model. Family Relations, 57: 35–48. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2007.00481.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
- multiple method;
- social support;
Abstract: A stress-buffering hypothesis for parenting was tested in a county-representative sample of 218 divorced fathers. Social support for parenting (emergency and nonemergency child care, practical support, financial support) was hypothesized to moderate effects of stress (role overload, coparental conflict, and daily hassles) on fathers’ quality parenting. No custody fathers relied more on relatives compared with custodial fathers, who relied more on new partners for parenting support. No differences by custody status were found on levels of support or parenting over time. Parenting support buffered effects of change in role overload and coparenting conflict on coercive parenting and buffered effects of change in daily hassles on prosocial parenting. Buffer effects were more predictive over time. Implications for practice and preventive intervention strategies are discussed.