Challenging the Presumption of Diminished Capacity to Parent : Does Divorce Really Change Parenting Practices?

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Journal Name
Family relations
Journal Volume
56
Journal Issue
4
Page Count
11
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Strohschein, Lisa.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
The purpose of this paper is to determine whether divorced parents exhibit a diminished capacity to parent in the period following divorce. Using 2 waves of data from a national survey of Canadian children, the current study prospectively follows 5,004 children living in 2-biological parent households at initial interview and compares changes in parenting practices between households that subsequently divorce and those that remain intact. Results show that divorce is unrelated to changes in parenting behavior, suggesting that there are more similarities than differences in parenting among recently divorced and continuously married parents. (Author abstract)

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