Department of Sociology, 211 Oswald Tower, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Postdivorce Father-Adolescent Closeness
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2007
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 69, Issue 5, pages 1194–1209, December 2007
How to Cite
Scott, M. E., Booth, A., King, V. and Johnson, D. R. (2007), Postdivorce Father-Adolescent Closeness. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69: 1194–1209. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2007.00441.x
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2007
- father-child relations;
- youth/emergent adulthood
Research indicates that closeness of the father-child bond following parental divorce is associated with better outcomes for children and adolescents. Unlike other investigations, this study takes a long-term developmental approach to understanding stability and change in postdivorce father-adolescent relationship closeness. Drawing on Add Health data (n = 483), we examine factors that explain (a) why some high-quality father-adolescent relationships remain the same after divorce whereas others decline, and (b) why some low-quality relationships are stable following divorce whereas others improve. High mother-offspring relationship quality and offspring feelings of well-being prevented close father-offspring relationships from deteriorating. Offspring’s childbearing and cohabitation following parental divorce increase closeness in father-offspring relationships that were not close prior to divorce. Although a majority of offspring experienced a decline in closeness following divorce, results from this study show that some very close father-offspring relationships are maintained and some poor relationships become closer.