Being born to a single mother in France: trajectories of father's involvement over the first year of life

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_1A1F6A96870A
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Being born to a single mother in France: trajectories of father's involvement over the first year of life
Périodique
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies
Auteur(s)
Pailhé Ariane, Panico Lidia, Heers Marieke
ISSN
1757-9597
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
11
Numéro
1
Pages
123-149
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This paper characterises families where the father is not living (or not living permanently) with the child from around birth, and identifies the drivers of the evolution of father contact over the first year of life across different types of household. We use a recent, nationally representative cohort of children born in France in 2011, Elfe (the Etude longitudinale française depuis l’enfance), and latent clustering techniques to identify different groups of households characterised by non-residential fatherhood. We show that non-residential fatherhood from around birth is not a marginal phenomenon in France, and it corresponds to a heterogeneity of situations, describing both advantaged and low involvement fathers, as well less disadvantaged but involved groups. Over the first year of life, most non-resident fathers managed to keep in contact with their child, including relatively disadvantaged groups such as migrant and young parents, although groups characterised by low father involvement shortly after birth lost contact. On the other hand, among a group of very involved non-resident fathers who were in a relationship with the mother, we observed high levels of contact and indeed co-residence when the child was one year of age. A number of channels emerged to explain the correlations between our latent groups and father contact at one year: notably, father engagement around birth, especially whether the father formally recognised the child. Trajectories of father–child involvement and of parental relationships are therefore at least as important as socio-economic conditions to understand future father contact.
Open Access
Oui
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