The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Poor Fathers' Involvement in the Lives of Their Children

Poor Fathers' Involvement in the Lives of Their Children

Poor fathers' involvement in the lives of their children

An increasingly important area of study in the development of children born to single women is the area of father-child interactions. Historically, children in single-parent families were studied using a deficit model, examining the negative consequences of father absence on child development (Garcia Coll, Meyer, & Brillon, 1995; McLoyd & Randolph, 1985). Researchers are now examining relationships children have with their fathers and finding that low-income, nonresident fathers do, in fact, maintain contact with children (King & Sobolewski, 2006; Mincy, 2002). The father-child interaction is an important predictor in many areas of a child's life as well as father's well-being (Marsiglio, Day, & Lamb, 2000) and functioning (Kalil, ...

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