Adolescents with two nonresident biological parents: Living arrangements, parental involvement, and well-being

Valarie King, Katherine Mitchell, Daniel N. Hawkins

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Abstract

We know little about children who have two living nonresident biological parents. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study examines the diverse living arrangements of U.S. adolescents in this situation, the kinds of relationships they have with each of their nonresident parents, and how these living arrangements are associated with adolescent well-being. Differences between these adolescents (n = 502) and those who have one nonresident biological parent (n = 4,746) are also examined. Results point to certain groups of adolescents with two nonresident parents who are at particular risk of exhibiting higher levels of behavior problems (those living alone or with an aunt and uncle) or who, alternatively, are faring comparatively better (those living with biological relative caregivers or two nonbiological parent figures).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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