Social fathers and child well-being

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

76 Scopus citations

Abstract

Many young children born to unwed parents currently live with their biological mothers and their mothers' new partners (social fathers). This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study (N = 1,350) to assess whether involvement by resident social fathers is as beneficial for child well-being as involvement by resident biological fathers and whether the involvement of the child's nonresident biological father alters the relationship between resident social father engagement and child outcomes. Results indicate that involvement by resident social fathers is as beneficial for child well-being as involvement by resident biological fathers and that frequent contact with the child's nonresident biological father does not diminish the positive association between residential social father involvement and child well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)950-961
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Child well-being
  • Family structure
  • Father involvement
  • Social fathers
  • Stepfathers

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Social fathers and child well-being'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this