Involvement with children and low-income fathers' psychological well-being

Letitia E. Kotila, Claire M.Kamp Dush

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Abstract

Low income men are at risk for depressive symptoms and reduced father involvement. Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (n = 2,703), we examined reciprocal associations between father involvement and depressive symptoms, and the moderating effect of relationship quality, for resident and nonresident fathers. Higher father involvement was associated with lower depressive symptoms two years later across the full sample of fathers. However, nonresidence functioned as a risk; higher nonresident father involvement with toddlers was associated with greater depressive symptoms two years later. Greater resident father involvement with toddlers was associated with fewer depressive symptoms two years later in low quality couple relationships. Across the full sample, the association between depressive symptoms and lower involvement was weak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-326
Number of pages21
JournalFathering
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Father involvement
  • Generativity
  • Low income
  • Nonresident

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