Effects of Fathers' Early Risk and Resilience on Paternal Engagement With 5-Year-Olds.

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Journal Name
Family Relations
Journal Volume
61
Journal Issue
5
Page Count
15
Year Published
2012
Author (Individual)
Fagan, Jay.
Lee, Yookyong.
Resource Type
Journal Article

The present study examined whether fathers' additive risk and resilience when the child is an infant and age 5 predicted paternal engagement with children at age 5. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study (N = 4,898), we found that the results confirmed the hypothesis that early risk has a negative effect and early resilience has a positive effect on engagement 4 years later. Later father risk had a stronger negative effect on nonresidential fathers than on residential fathers. The effect of early father risk on engagement at age 5 was moderated by father engagement during infancy. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. (Author abstract)

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