Social fathering in low-income, African American families with preschool children

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

46 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Although research increasingly focuses on nonresident biological fathers, little attention has been given to the role of other men in children's lives. The authors examine the factors associated with social father presence and their influence on preschoolers' development. Findings indicate that the majority of children have a social father and that mother, child, and nonresident biological father characteristics are all related to social father presence. These associations differ depending on whether the social father is the mother's romantic partner or a male relative. The social father's influence on children's development also depends on his relationship to the child. Male relative social fathers are associated with higher levels of children's school readiness, whereas mothers' romantic partner social fathers are associated with lower levels of emotional maturity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-516
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2002

Fingerprint

preschool child
father
low income
union and employers' representatives
American
Preschool children
African Americans
Fathering
Income
school readiness
research focus
maturity

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Cite this

@article{3187da40190a412a8791d65d91e157de,
title = "Social fathering in low-income, African American families with preschool children",
abstract = "Although research increasingly focuses on nonresident biological fathers, little attention has been given to the role of other men in children's lives. The authors examine the factors associated with social father presence and their influence on preschoolers' development. Findings indicate that the majority of children have a social father and that mother, child, and nonresident biological father characteristics are all related to social father presence. These associations differ depending on whether the social father is the mother's romantic partner or a male relative. The social father's influence on children's development also depends on his relationship to the child. Male relative social fathers are associated with higher levels of children's school readiness, whereas mothers' romantic partner social fathers are associated with lower levels of emotional maturity.",
author = "Jayakody, {Rukmalie Thalani} and Ariel Kalil",
year = "2002",
month = "5",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1111/j.1741-3737.2002.00504.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "64",
pages = "504--516",
journal = "Journal of Marriage and Family",
issn = "0022-2445",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "2",

}

Social fathering in low-income, African American families with preschool children. / Jayakody, Rukmalie Thalani; Kalil, Ariel.

In: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 64, No. 2, 01.05.2002, p. 504-516.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - Social fathering in low-income, African American families with preschool children

AU - Jayakody, Rukmalie Thalani

AU - Kalil, Ariel

PY - 2002/5/1

Y1 - 2002/5/1

N2 - Although research increasingly focuses on nonresident biological fathers, little attention has been given to the role of other men in children's lives. The authors examine the factors associated with social father presence and their influence on preschoolers' development. Findings indicate that the majority of children have a social father and that mother, child, and nonresident biological father characteristics are all related to social father presence. These associations differ depending on whether the social father is the mother's romantic partner or a male relative. The social father's influence on children's development also depends on his relationship to the child. Male relative social fathers are associated with higher levels of children's school readiness, whereas mothers' romantic partner social fathers are associated with lower levels of emotional maturity.

AB - Although research increasingly focuses on nonresident biological fathers, little attention has been given to the role of other men in children's lives. The authors examine the factors associated with social father presence and their influence on preschoolers' development. Findings indicate that the majority of children have a social father and that mother, child, and nonresident biological father characteristics are all related to social father presence. These associations differ depending on whether the social father is the mother's romantic partner or a male relative. The social father's influence on children's development also depends on his relationship to the child. Male relative social fathers are associated with higher levels of children's school readiness, whereas mothers' romantic partner social fathers are associated with lower levels of emotional maturity.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0036579299&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0036579299&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2002.00504.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2002.00504.x

M3 - Review article

VL - 64

SP - 504

EP - 516

JO - Journal of Marriage and Family

JF - Journal of Marriage and Family

SN - 0022-2445

IS - 2

ER -