Title
Parenting of divorced fathers and the association with children's self-esteem Parenting of divorced fathers and the association with children's self-esteem
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Psychology
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of youth and adolescence. - New York
Volume/pages
41(2012) :12 , p. 1643-1656
ISSN
0047-2891
ISI
000310871800008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Research suggests that high parental support and control improves childrens well-being. However, a large part of these studies have focused on the parenting of married parents. Research on parenting after a divorce, mainly has focused on parenting of divorced mothers, with few exceptions concentrating primarily on non-residential fathers. Therefore, we compared both parenting dimensions support and control of fathers in different family structures (non-residential fathers, fathers in joint custody and married fathers). We also investigated the association between fathers parenting dimensions and childrens self-esteem, controlled for the parenting dimensions of the mother. Data from 587 children (50 % girls) between 10 and 18 years old and their parents were examined. Results revealed that non-residential fathers (n = 225) were less supportive and controlling than fathers in joint custody (n = 138) and married fathers (n = 224). Nevertheless, having a supportive father was beneficial to childrens self-esteem in each family structure. We conclude that, even after a divorce, fathers have the capacity to enhance childrens self-esteem and we suggest that future research should investigate this capacity.
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