Child Support, Contact, and Involvement with Children after Relationship Dissolution : Race/Ethnic Differences.

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Hofferth, Sandra L.
Forry, Nicole.
Peters, H. Elizabeth.
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This paper examines how child support, frequency of contact with children, and the relationship between nonresidential parents influence early adolescent reports of the involvement of fathers and mothers in their life. Data come from the Young Adult Study of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) that has followed the children of NLSY mothers from birth into their twenties. Results show that increases in child support and in contact with the child after separation are linked to a better coparental relationship at ages 11/12. This better relationship between parents is, in turn, associated with greater involvement of both mothers and non-residential fathers with their children. Implications for policies to increase paternal involvement with children are discussed. (Author abstract)

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