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Running head : NONRESIDENT FATHERS AND CHILDREN

The Relationship between Behaviors of Nonresident Fathers and

Children 's Lives : A Critique of Amato and Gilbreth (1999

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The Relationship between Behaviors of Nonresident Fathers and

Children 's Lives : A Critique of Amato and Gilbreth (1999

In reviewing studies of nonresident fathers , Amato and Gilbreth (1999 noted that the one variable consistently related to enhancing the lives of children was payment of child support . Recognition of the importance of child support has had the positive effect of states making greater

br efforts to enforce legally imposed requirements . On the other hand previous research had failed to provide evidence that amount of visitation was associated with any aspects of children 's lives . The researchers proposed that differences in behaviors during visitation were not analyzed but could be associated with children 's well-being Because in previous studies enough information was available to create measures of two variables , use of authoritative parenting techniques and father /child emotional ties , the researchers used these studies to measure the association of these two variables , as well as child support and visitation , with three measures of children 's well-being , school achievement , externalizing problems (e .g , aggression ) and internalizing problems (e .g , depression

Based on 63 studies , they reported a statistically significant positive Pearson correlation between child-support payment and school success , a negative one with behavioral problems , and no relationship with internalizing behaviors . There was a statistically significant correlation between visitation and school success , a negative one with internalizing...

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