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Despite international growth of, and policy interest in, divorce and separation since the 1970s, there is still surprisingly little known about non-residential fatherhood. This paper presents a ‘father-centric’ analysis and provides one of the first profiles of non-residential fatherhood in early millennium UK. Using data from Understanding Society Wave 1, a nationally representative survey of over 30,000 households in the UK, we found 1,070 men self-identifying as having a non-resident child under 16 years old (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk). We estimate a prevalence of 5 per cent of British men having a non-resident dependent child. Through latent class analysis, four distinct groups of non-resident fathers are identified: ‘Engaged’ fathers, ‘Less Engaged’ fathers, ‘Disengaged’ fathers and ‘Distance’ fathers. Our analysis finds that non-resident fathers form a heterogeneous group in terms of their socio-demographic profile and family behaviour. It is recommended that legislation and policy concerning fathers in post-separation families are sensitive to variation as well as commonality in socio-economic conditions and family lives and situations.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Journal of Social Policy|
|Early online date||17 Nov 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2016|
- Norwich Business School - Professor of Personnel Economics
- Institute for Volunteering Research - Member
- Centre for Research on Children and Families - Member
- Volunteering and the Market - Group Lead
- Employment Systems and Institutions - Member
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Fathers' work and families in twenty-first century Britain: beyond the breadwinner model?
O'Brien, M., Connolly, S. & Aldrich, M.
Economic and Social Research Council
1/11/12 → 30/04/14