Date of Award
Master of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
The influence of non-resident father involvement on stress in the resident family was examined with a sample of 851 children. It was predicted that the level of non-resident father involvement as measured by child support, in-kind support, and visitation, would predict stress levels for the family. This study defines family stress by using factors of family disruption and conflict, mental and physical health problems, housing issues, healthcare struggles, financial strain, and lack of cognitive stimulation and emotional support. The results show that non-resident father in-kind support predicted an increase in mental and physical health problems and a decrease in health care struggles, non-resident father child support predicted an increase in health care struggles, and non-resident father visitation predicted a decrease in lack of cognitive stimulation and emotional support. These findings are important because they can help determine what types of father involvement should be encouraged or discouraged.
Sara Ann Avenarius
Avenarius, Sara Ann, "Non-residential father involvement as it relates to residential family stress" (2011). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12205.