This article was edited by David Johnson.
Fathering With Multiple Partners: Links to Children's Well-Being in Early Childhood
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 3, pages 608–631, August 2009
How to Cite
Bronte-Tinkew, J., Horowitz, A. and Scott, M. E. (2009), Fathering With Multiple Partners: Links to Children's Well-Being in Early Childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 608–631. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00622.x
- Issue published online: 30 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2009
- child/adolescent outcomes;
- family structure;
- father-child relations;
- Fragile Families and Child Well-being (FFCW);
The claim that multiple partner fertility may pose a risk of adverse outcomes for children has not been tested. We test this argument using a sample of 4,027 resident fathers and children from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Survey by examining the pathways through which fathers' multipartnered fertility is associated with children's externalizing behaviors and physical health status at 36 months. Path analyses indicate that multiple partner fertility exerted both a significant direct and indirect effect through paternal depression to influence children's externalizing behaviors. Fathers' multiple partner fertility also exerted a significant indirect effect through one mediator—father involvement—to influence children's physical health. This evidence suggests that the disruptions brought about by multipartnered fertility are important for understanding child well-being.