Fathers’ Time with Children: Income and Residential Differences.

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Astone, Nan Marie.
Karas, Andrew.
Stolte, Allison.
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Urban Institute.
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A widespread stereotype about low-income children is that they have “deadbeat dads.” That is, that their fathers do not live with them and are not involved in bringing them up. In this study, Urban Institute scholars found that fathers who lived with their children tended to spend more time with them: helping them with homework, taking them to the extracurricular activities, offering emotional support, etc. In this study, we assume that positive fathering is related to child well-being. The key finding, however, was that this pattern held true for both low-income and high-income residential fathers, flying in the face of the “deadbeat dad” narrative. (Author abstract modified)

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