Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Nonresident Father Involvemnt

Valarie King, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Holly E. Heard

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This study is the first to examine racial and ethnic diversity in nonresident father involvement for multiple domains of father involvement Data come from a sample of 5,377 adolescents with nonresident fathers in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). In addition to contact, we explore more intensive types of involvement and qualities of the father-child relationship that tap key dimensions of social capital found to be especially important in promoting child well-being. We find racial/ethnic differences for many aspects of father involvement, some of which can be explained by structural differences, especially father's education and nonmarital childbearing. Our findings suggest that White youth with less educated fathers experience the greatest loss of social capital by living apart from their fathers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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