Nonresidential Father Psychological Support and Offspring Physical Health Perceptions 15-Years After Parental Divorce

Linda J. Luecken, Mariam Hanna Ibrahim, Shannon L. Jewell, Jennifer A. Somers, Sharlene A. Wolchik, Irwin N. Sandler

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Abstract

We evaluated the long-term impact of father supportive behaviors post-divorce on youth physical health perceptions, mediated through youth's protective resources. Youth (N = 240; 49% female, 88% Caucasian) reported on father supportive behaviors post-divorce four times (between ages 9–12), protective resources once (age 15–19), and perceptions of physical health at age 24–28. Higher father support behaviors predicted more protective resources in adolescence which predicted better perceived health in young adulthood. Father support post-divorce can have long-term benefits for offspring health by promoting child-level protective resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-308
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Court Review
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Divorce
  • Father Support
  • Health
  • Longitudinal
  • Protective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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