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Pers Relatsh. 2012 Dec;19(4):759-774. Epub 2012 Jan 12.

Non-resident Fathers' Social Networks: The Relationship between Social Support and Father Involvement.

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College of Social Work, University of Utah, 395 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, Telephone (801) 585-9592; Fax (801) 585-3219; jason.castillo@socwk.utah.edu.

Abstract

Literature and research examining non-resident fathers' involvement with their chidren has focused primarily on the fathers' relationship with their child's mother. Receiving limited attention in the literature has been the inclusion of examining non-resident fathers' social support networks, the function of these social networks-perceived and received social support, and how these social support networks affect non-resident fathers' involvement with their children. Using data from Wave One of the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study, this study examined the social support networks non-resident fathers (n = 895) utilized in their involvement with their children. Results of the regression analyses indicate that non-resident fathers' relationship with their child's mother and perceived social support from their social networks contributed positively to their involvement with their children. Policy and practice implications are discussed.

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