This review examines father presence by discussing research on father absence, single parenting, marital disruption, divorce, and fathers' caring. To limit the discussion to only those studies that directly address father absence risks omitting research that can contribute to current thinking on father presence. The review discusses the research addressing the impact of father presence on child development in the context of three paradigms: (1) the father absence paradigm; (2) the single, never-married parent paradigm, including divorce as a special case; and (3) the father presence paradigm. (Author abstract)
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