A Longitudinal Study of Noncustodial Parents: Parents Without Children

Sanford L. Braver, Sharlene Wolchik, Irwin Sandler, Virgil L. Sheets, Bruce Fogas, R. Curtis Bay

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

68 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article reports the results of a 3-wave longitudinal study of a sizable, regionally representative sample of both noncustodial and custodial parents interviewed initially before their divorce was final. A model was tested that predicted the noncustodial parent's postdivorce contact with the child and the payment of child support from a series of factors related to a social exchange orientation. This orientation highlights the noncustodial parent's implicit calculation of the rewards vs. the costs of continuing involvement and support of the child. It was found that noninvolvement was, in general, well-predicted, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, by the model. The most powerful factor in the model was the noncustodial parent's perception that he or she had some control over the child's unbringing. Among fully employed noncustodial parents who reported high perceived control, there was an excellent record of involvement and child support payment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1993

Fingerprint

Longitudinal Studies
Parents
Divorce
Reward
Costs and Cost Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

Cite this

A Longitudinal Study of Noncustodial Parents : Parents Without Children. / Braver, Sanford L.; Wolchik, Sharlene; Sandler, Irwin; Sheets, Virgil L.; Fogas, Bruce; Bay, R. Curtis.

In: Journal of Family Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 1, 06.1993, p. 9-23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Braver, Sanford L. ; Wolchik, Sharlene ; Sandler, Irwin ; Sheets, Virgil L. ; Fogas, Bruce ; Bay, R. Curtis. / A Longitudinal Study of Noncustodial Parents : Parents Without Children. In: Journal of Family Psychology. 1993 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 9-23.
@article{c62f6a4f52464c6b85d5ec92da7cd9ad,
title = "A Longitudinal Study of Noncustodial Parents: Parents Without Children",
abstract = "This article reports the results of a 3-wave longitudinal study of a sizable, regionally representative sample of both noncustodial and custodial parents interviewed initially before their divorce was final. A model was tested that predicted the noncustodial parent's postdivorce contact with the child and the payment of child support from a series of factors related to a social exchange orientation. This orientation highlights the noncustodial parent's implicit calculation of the rewards vs. the costs of continuing involvement and support of the child. It was found that noninvolvement was, in general, well-predicted, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, by the model. The most powerful factor in the model was the noncustodial parent's perception that he or she had some control over the child's unbringing. Among fully employed noncustodial parents who reported high perceived control, there was an excellent record of involvement and child support payment.",
author = "Braver, {Sanford L.} and Sharlene Wolchik and Irwin Sandler and Sheets, {Virgil L.} and Bruce Fogas and Bay, {R. Curtis}",
year = "1993",
month = "6",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "7",
pages = "9--23",
journal = "Journal of Family Psychology",
issn = "0893-3200",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - A Longitudinal Study of Noncustodial Parents

T2 - Parents Without Children

AU - Braver, Sanford L.

AU - Wolchik, Sharlene

AU - Sandler, Irwin

AU - Sheets, Virgil L.

AU - Fogas, Bruce

AU - Bay, R. Curtis

PY - 1993/6

Y1 - 1993/6

N2 - This article reports the results of a 3-wave longitudinal study of a sizable, regionally representative sample of both noncustodial and custodial parents interviewed initially before their divorce was final. A model was tested that predicted the noncustodial parent's postdivorce contact with the child and the payment of child support from a series of factors related to a social exchange orientation. This orientation highlights the noncustodial parent's implicit calculation of the rewards vs. the costs of continuing involvement and support of the child. It was found that noninvolvement was, in general, well-predicted, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, by the model. The most powerful factor in the model was the noncustodial parent's perception that he or she had some control over the child's unbringing. Among fully employed noncustodial parents who reported high perceived control, there was an excellent record of involvement and child support payment.

AB - This article reports the results of a 3-wave longitudinal study of a sizable, regionally representative sample of both noncustodial and custodial parents interviewed initially before their divorce was final. A model was tested that predicted the noncustodial parent's postdivorce contact with the child and the payment of child support from a series of factors related to a social exchange orientation. This orientation highlights the noncustodial parent's implicit calculation of the rewards vs. the costs of continuing involvement and support of the child. It was found that noninvolvement was, in general, well-predicted, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, by the model. The most powerful factor in the model was the noncustodial parent's perception that he or she had some control over the child's unbringing. Among fully employed noncustodial parents who reported high perceived control, there was an excellent record of involvement and child support payment.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=21144459528&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=21144459528&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:21144459528

VL - 7

SP - 9

EP - 23

JO - Journal of Family Psychology

JF - Journal of Family Psychology

SN - 0893-3200

IS - 1

ER -