Effects of divorce on children– new report

Professor Paul Amato has done some of the best work on how divorce effects children. This report he examines two large data sets and found that while there is clear evidence of divorce having adverse effects on children, the results “revealed a substantial degree of variability in children’s outcomes following parental divorce, with some children declining, others improving, and most not changing at all. The estimated effects of divorce appeared to be strongest among children with the highest propensity to experience parental divorce.” (from abstract).

Amato, P. R., & Anthony, C. J. (2014). Estimating the effects of parental divorce and death with fixed effects models. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(2), 370-386. doi:10.1111/jomf.12100

Fathers and Divorce

Two good summaries of the role of fathers in child development following divorce are worth reading and a good place to begin to understand the complicated issues involved in this process.  These are:

William Fabricus and colleagues have written about fathers, custody and children.

Paul Amato and Cassandra Dorius provide a broad overview of fathers and divorce.