|Connecticut’s Marsha Kline Pruett, a psychologist with extensive experience in the child custody area, wrote a book summarizing research on shared parenting. Click here for excerpts from Your Divorce Advisor.Here is a summary of a recent study of Father Absence done at Princeton University, Center for Child-Wellbeing:
“This study measures the likelihood of incarceration among contemporary male youths from father-absent households, using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Hypotheses test the contribution of socioeconomic disadvantage, poverty, family instability, residential adults in father-absent households, as well as selection bias. Results from longitudinal event history analysis show that while certain unfavorable circumstances, such as teen motherhood, low parent education, urban residence, racial inequalities and poverty, are associated with incarceration among father-absent youths, net of these factors, these youths still face double the odds [of incarceration] of their peers. Nonetheless, youths from stepparent families are even more vulnerable to the risk of incarceration, especially those in father-stepmother households, which suggests that the re-marriage may present even greater difficulties for male children than father absence.” Emphasis and brackets added.
From FATHER ABSENCE AND YOUTH INCARCERATION by Cynthia C. Harper, Ph.D. and Sara S. McLanahan, Ph.D. Go to: 5. http://www.sharedparentinginc.org/WP99-03-HarperFatherAbsence.pdf
Here’s what the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has to say:
For more research from Princeton’s center for Child-Wellbeing, go to: http://crcw.princeton.edu/