Fathers' rights groups: Demographic correlates and impact on custody policy

Leora N. Rosen, Molly Dragiewicz, Jennifer C. Gibbs

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This article combines information from fathers' rights Web sites with demographic, historical, and other information to provide an empirically based analysis of fathers' rights advocacy in the United States. Content analysis discerns three factors that are central to the groups' rhetoric: representing domestic violence allegations as false, promoting presumptive joint custody and decreasing child support, and portraying women as perpetrators of domestic abuse. Fathers' rights organizations and themes are examined in relation to state-level demographics and custody policy. The implications of fathers' rights activism for battered women and their children are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-531
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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