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There were Family Structure Questionnaire. The three family structures were compared on dat- ing behaviors age at irst crush, number of dating part- Procedure ners, number of cohabiting relationships, current rela- tionship satisfaction, desire to end current relationship All participants were recruited through introduc- and relationship attitudes out-of-wedlock births, co- tion to psychology courses at a southeastern public habitation, marriage, divorce.
There were signiicant research university and received research credit for mean differences across the three groups for number participation. Results for to completing the min online questionnaire.
Partici- age at irst crush were marginal. There were no signii- pants were irst asked general demographic questions cant differences for current relationship satisfaction. Participants from parental co- growing up. Participants from parental cohab- race, and gender distributions.
MANOVA family income followed by subjects who came from di- results for dating behaviors can be found in table 3. Table 1 shows demographic char- participants from continuously intact homes, parental acteristics by group. There were no signiicant differences about out-of-wedlock births, and attitudes toward mar- for attitudes toward divorce.
Post hoc analysis indi- riage. Models were not tested for current relationship cated signiicant mean differences between groups.
Results for MANOVA for relationship identiication was predictive of age at irst crush and attitudes can be found in table 4. For participants from divorced homes the and parental divorced group independently.
Regression only predictor variable that was found to be signiicant analyses were run with each group with gender, racial was racial identiication.
Here, racial identiication was identiication, length of father absence, and amount of predictive of attitudes regarding cohabitation. None of father involvement as the predictors. Models were ran the other predictor variables were signiicant for any of for age at irst crush, number of dating partners, number the outcome variables for participants from divorced WRIGHT homes.
Tables 5 and 6 provide results from regression the experiences from these two family structures show analyses for dating behaviors and relationship attitudes.
It is possible for children to experience father ab- Discussion sence for reasons other than parental divorce or to ex- perience parental divorce without experiencing father The present study demonstrates the differences be- absence. While it has previously been speculated that tween terminated parental cohabiting unions and pa- children born out-of-wedlock do not fare any different- rental divorce and the impact of these circumstances ly than children of divorce and that the effects of father on dating behaviors and relationship attitudes of par- absence are similar for both groups of children Coney ticipants from these family structures.
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This was not sur- that examine parental cohabitation group this experi- prising considering that Manning and Brown ence with that of parental divorce, not recognizing that estimated that two-ifths of children in cohabiting Table 4. This reduction in family thers are less committed to their children, reduced fa- income may explain why these parents chose cohabita- ther involvement would be expected.
Participants from terminated parental cohabiting Differences were found between subjects from unions also reported more cohabiting unions by their divorced homes and terminated parental cohabiting custodial parent than participants from divorced homes.
While This may because the parent found cohabitation to be both groups experienced father absence at some point, a suitable alternative to marriage Amato, It is important to distinguish couples who cohabited due to the inancial costs of ob- between terminated parental cohabiting unions and taining a divorce. It is much easier inancially for couples for both groups of children. Results conirmed that while This decline in father-child contact appears to participants from father absent homes e.
Terminated parental cohabiting age, less dating partners, less favorable attitudes re- unions may have similar explanations as divorce for garding cohabitation, out-of-wedlock births, and more reduced father involvement e.
This was not surprising considering or they may have unique reasons for the occur- that the literature on intact families is favorable regard- rence. This may also be because they lack parental divorce when examining the effects of father long-term commitment Duran-Aydintug, Duran-Aydintug, ; Thornton, or the repart- Participants from terminated parental cohabiting nering behaviors of their parents following termination unions and divorced homes had more positive attitudes of parental cohabitation Ellis et al.
Participants from divorced homes relationship attitudes. The goal was to ind out what it reported more favorable attitudes toward cohabitation was about the parental separation that differed and how than participants from intact homes; however, subjects those differences impacted the intimate relationships from intact homes reported having more cohabiting of participants.
The predictors chosen i. Surprisingly of father involvement applied more to subjects from the number of reported cohabiting relationships of sub- terminated parental cohabiting unions than subjects jects from intact families was similar to subjects from from divorced homes. This is interesting considering divorced homes, with participants from intact homes the predictors were selected based on research that ex- reporting slightly more cohabiting relationships.
If the overall view of cohabitation ters who experienced father absence Grainger, ; is changing, it is possible that subjects who experi- Thornton, due to parental divorce.
The current enced continuously intact homes as children would be study recognizes that father absence can be caused by more likely to form their intimate relationships through reasons other than parental divorce by examining pa- cohabitation than subjects from divorced homes and rental cohabiting unions that had separated.
Race was a predictor of age at irst crush for subjects The current study examined parental cohabitation as a from terminated parental cohabiting unions and atti- cause of father absence instead of being limited to pa- tudes toward cohabitation for both father-absent groups rental divorce. Also, while previous research consid- i. It is unknown why racial discrepancies existed parental cohabiting unions but not participants from for these outcomes.
It may be that other factors asso- divorced homes. Amount of father involvement was ciated with race may be more inluential, such as so- a signiicant predictor for number of dating partners, cioeconomic status and neighborhood context.
Future attitudes regarding out-of-wedlock births, and attitudes research needs to examine these differences in more toward marriage. Subjects who reported more father in- detail. Participants maintain a relationship with their father have a stronger who experienced father absence for 6 months or longer ability to establish and maintain romantic relationships reported having their irst crush at an earlier age, more as adults Lamb, than children who do not.
Find- favorable attitudes toward cohabitation, and more fa- ings from the current study suggest that father involve- vorable attitudes regarding out-of-wedlock births than ment is vital for children from terminated parental co- participants who did not experience prolonged father habiting unions as well.
It is interesting to note, that absence e. This may have interfered how par- ; Thornton, ; however, how factors related to ticipants responded to answers. They may not have father absence mediate these relationship behaviors re- been completely honest in their responses. Because the regression models selected for the current study included noncontributing factors Implications for Future Research for the cohabiting and divorced groups, the power of The current study provided evidence that the cause the statistical test was reduced along with its predic- for father absence inluences the future intimate rela- tive qualities.
Results from the current study shed some tionships of children who grow up with this experience. While parental cohabit- participants, but did little to explain the experience of ing unions may terminate resulting in a situation simi- parental divorce. Further divorce and the timing of parental separation as the research needs to address this issue. The current study used a time period Additionally, while the present study examined of six months to implicate prolonged father absence to terminated parental cohabiting unions in terms of its take into account the possibility of temporary father ab- impact on dating behaviors and relationship attitudes sence.
This study has demonstrated that father absence of the children who grew up with this experience, ques- can occur for reasons other than divorce and that the tions remain unanswered regarding the reduction in experience of father absence differs based on the rea- father involvement post parental relationship dissolu- son for absence. Future research needs to recognize tion, connection between reduced father involvement that father absence can occur for reasons other than pa- and attitudes toward marriage, reduction in current re- rental divorce and parental divorce can occur without lationship satisfaction, inluence of terminated parental prolonged father absence.
The cur- rent study did not perform post hoc analyses on these outcomes and suggests that further research needs to be conducted. Future research also needs to examine how fac- tors related to father absence predict characteristics of the intimate relationships of adults who experienced father absence as children more extensively.
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