Custodial Fathers Meet the Challenge of Full-Time Parenting
After years of neglect by researchers, therapists, and lawmakers,
interest in fathering has come to the forefront. One group of
fathers, those raising their children alone following separation
or divorce, has more than tripled in the period between 1970 and
1990 according to the Census Bureau.
In this article comparison groups consisting of fathers without
custody, fathers in joint custody arrangements, married fathers,
widowers, and mothers with custody have been employed to better
understand single father families.
The research shows this lifestyle to be a viable one despite the role ambiguity associated with it. Particular areas of difficulties for these
fathers are balancing work and child care, reestablishing a
social life, and interacting with the court system. Fathers who
choose the role tend to have an easier time than those who are
forced into it.
The article provides an overview of the topic and
discusses the policy, practice, education, and research
implications that the literature raises.
Geoffrey L. Greif. Single Fathers with Custody Following
Separation and Divorce.Marriage & Family Review Vol. 20 No. 1/2
1995, pp. 213-231. The author is Associate Professor in the
School of Social Work, Univ. of Maryland at Baltimore, 525 W.
Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
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