Title
Adult non-response bias from a child perspective : using child reports to estimate father's non-response Adult non-response bias from a child perspective : using child reports to estimate father's non-response
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Social science research: a quarterly journal of social science methodology and quantitative research. - New York
Volume/pages
49(2015) , p. 31-41
ISSN
0049-089X
ISI
000346107000003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Most parenting research on paternal involvement uses data from a father perspective. Nevertheless, research on bias in father non-response is scarce. In this study, we examine the non-response bias of fathers, hypothesizing that fathers who engage in parenting studies might already be fathers who are more involved with their children than fathers who do not engage in these studies. Furthermore, we expect a double non-response bias by sociodemographic characteristics of the father, which impacts both paternal participation as well as paternal involvement. Using the multi-actor dataset from the Divorce in Flanders-project, which provides data from children whose fathers actually participated (N = 461) as well as data from children whose fathers did not (N = 137) with children reporting on paternal involvement, we are able to test our hypotheses. Results confirm our first hypothesis, indicating that non-participating fathers are significantly more uninvolved than participating fathers. Regarding our second hypothesis, an indirect effect of fathers educational level and age on non-response was revealed for one out of three indicators of paternal involvement.
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