Nonstandard Work Schedules and Father Involvement Among Resident and Nonresident Fathers.

Publication Year: 
2019
Personal Author: 
Pilarz, A., Cuesta, L., Drazen, Y.
Type of Resource: 
Journal Article
Abstract: 

Nonstandard work schedules may negatively impact father involvement either directly by reducing fathers' availability or indirectly by taking a toll on their well‐being. Prior research on nonstandard schedules and father involvement has focused on two‐parent households, yet nonstandard schedules may pose similar or greater challenges to nonresident fathers. Using data on 1,598 resident and 759 nonresident fathers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the findings revealed that among nonresident fathers, working evenings was associated with lower engagement relative to working standard hours only and other nonstandard schedules, and in some models, working a variable schedule was associated with greater responsibility relative to other nonstandard schedules. Among resident fathers, working any nonstandard schedule versus standard hours only was associated with greater responsibility, and total work hours were negatively associated with each measure of involvement. The findings suggest that fathers' work schedules may be an important factor in understanding resident and nonresident fathers' involvement with their young children. Info Only.