Noncustodial father involvement and child competence following divorce : does consistency matter?
Daniels, Tracey Leigh
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With the continued prevalence of divorce in society, many children spend time living apart from their fathers. As a result, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners have focused increased attention to the degree of noncustodial father involvement with children. While attention has been paid to the type and frequency of visits between fathers and children, little evidence has been presented on the consistency or predictability of visits. Consistency in the environment provides security for children, yet the level of consistency of contacts and visits between noncustodial fathers and children has been overlooked. This study investigated the association of consistency or predictability of the behavior of the noncustodial father in his relationship with his children with post divorce adjustment of the child. Data from 56 mother and child pairs were examined. In addition to assisting parents and children, findings also provide scholars with new areas of study worthy of further investigation.