Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 810 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
Nonresident Fathers’ Contributions to Adolescent Well-Being
Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 3, pages 537–557, August 2006
How to Cite
King, V. and Sobolewski, J. M. (2006), Nonresident Fathers’ Contributions to Adolescent Well-Being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 537–557. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00274.x
- Issue online: 5 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2006
- child/adolescent well-being;
- father-child relations;
- nonresident parenting
Using data from 453 adolescents in Wave 2 of the National Survey of Families and Households, we examine how multiple dimensions of nonresident father involvement are associated with different dimensions of child well-being. Father-child relationship quality and responsive fathering are modestly associated with fewer externalizing and internalizing problems among adolescents. The quality of the mother-child relationship, however, has stronger effects on child well-being. Nevertheless, even if adolescents have weak ties to mothers, those who have strong ties to nonresident fathers exhibit fewer internalizing problems and less acting out at school than adolescents who have weak ties to both parents. Adolescents are worst off on a range of outcomes when they have weak ties to both their mothers and nonresident fathers.