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Paternal Involvement with Adolescents in Intact Families: The Influence of Fathers over the Life Course

Citation

Harris, Kathleen Mullan; Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.; & Marmer, Jeremy K. (1998). Paternal Involvement with Adolescents in Intact Families: The Influence of Fathers over the Life Course. Demography, 35(2), 201-16.

Abstract

We measure the quality and quantity of fathers' involvement with adolescent children in intact families over time using longitudinal data from The National Survey of Children. We examine differentials in fathers' involvement by children's and family characteristics and model the long-term effects of fathers' involvement on children's outcomes in the transition to adulthood. Fathers are more involved with sons than with daughters and they disengage from adolescents with increasing marital conflict. We find beneficial effects for children of father's involvement in three domains: educational and economic attainment, delinquent behavior, and psychological well-being. The course of affective relations throughout adolescence also has a beneficial effect on delinquent behavior and psychological well-being.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3004052

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Demography

Author(s)

Harris, Kathleen Mullan
Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.
Marmer, Jeremy K.

Year Published

1998

Volume Number

35

Issue Number

2

Pages

201-16

Reference ID

922