Children and Their Fathers After Parental Separation.

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Journal Name
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Journal Volume
60
Page Count
13
Year Published
1990
Author (Individual)
Healy, J. M.
Malley, J. E.
Stewart, A. J.
Resource Type
Journal Article
This 2-year longitudinal study of 121 6 to 12-year-old children in the custody of their mothers following parental separation examined main and interacting effects of child's age and gender, frequency and regularity of visitation, father-child closeness, and parental legal conflict on children's self-esteem and behavioral adjustment at two time points. Predictors were found to have different implications for different groups of children and for children in different situations. Findings suggest the futility of seeking simple answers as to whether ongoing contact with fathers following divorce is beneficial or detrimental for children. (Author abstract)

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