Divorce-related variables as predictors of young adults' retrospective fathering reports

Seth J. Schwartz, Gordon E. Finley

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The present analysis examined the relationships of the child's age at the time of divorce, the number of years elapsed since the divorce, and postdivorce coresidence with the father on retrospective reports of paternal nurturance and involvement in an ethnically diverse sample of 497 young adults from divorced families. Results indicated that participants who resided with their fathers at some point after the divorce rated their fathers significantly more favorably than did those who did not reside with their fathers following divorce. Moreover, the child's age at the time of divorce was significantly and positively related to paternal involvement and nurturance, suggesting that divorces occurring earlier in the child's life were more detrimental to the father-child relationship. The effects of timing of the divorce on father involvement were especially strong for instrumental fathering functions (e.g., involvement in school, discipline, protection). Implications for family court practices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-163
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 23 2006


  • Custody
  • Divorce
  • Father involvement
  • Father-child relationship
  • Nurturant fathering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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