Postdivorce Father-Adolescent Closeness.

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Journal Name
Journal of marriage and family
Journal Volume
69
Journal Issue
5
Page Count
16
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Scott, Mindy E.
Booth, Alan.
Valarie King
David R. Johnson
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Research indicates that closeness of the father-child bond following parental divorce is associated with better outcomes for children and adolescents. Unlike other investigations, this study takes a long-term developmental approach to understanding stability and change in postdivorce father-adolescent relationship closeness. Drawing on Add Health data (n = 483), we examine factors that explain (a) why some high-quality father-adolescent relationships remain the same after divorce whereas others decline, and (b) why some low-quality relationships are stable following divorce whereas others improve. High mother-offspring relationship quality and offspring feelings of well-being prevented close father-offspring relationships from deteriorating. Offspring's childbearing and cohabitation following parental divorce increase closeness in father-offspring relationships that were not close prior to divorce. Although a majority of offspring experienced a decline in closeness following divorce, results from this study show that some very close father-offspring relationships are maintained and some poor relationships become closer. (Author abstract)

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