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Non residential fatherhood and child involvement: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study

Kiernan, K. (2006) Non residential fatherhood and child involvement: evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study. Journal of Social Policy, 35 (4). pp. 651-669. ISSN 0047-2794

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Fifteen per cent of British babies are now born to parents who are neither cohabiting nor married. Little is known about non-residential fatherhood that commences with the birth of a child. Here, we use the Millennium Cohort Study to examine a number of aspects of this form of fatherhood. Firstly, we consider the extent to which these fathers were involved with or acknowledged their child at the time of the birth. Secondly, we identify characteristics that differentiate parents who continue to live apart from those who move in together. Thirdly, for the fathers who moved in with the mother and their child, we enquire whether they differ in the extent of their engagement in family life compared with fathers who have been living with the mother since birth. Finally, for fathers who were living apart from their child when the child was nine months old, we assess the extent to which they were in contact, contributed to their maintenance and were involved in their child's life at this time.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009 15:39
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2009 15:39
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279406000122
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279406000122
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6875

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