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Parenting of divorced fathers and the association with children's self-esteem
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of youth and adolescence. - New York
Publication
New York : 2012
ISSN
0047-2891
Volume/pages
41:12(2012), p. 1643-1656
ISI
000310871800008
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 12.05.2017
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