Title page for ETD etd-03032009-040628
|Type of Document
||Kelly, Michaelena C.
||Factors associated with coparental relationships :fathers' perspectives
||Master of Science
|Arditti, Joyce A.
|Bird, Gloria W.
|Demo, David H.
|Date of Defense
Recent research on the effects of divorce
indicates that the relationship between ex-spouses
is a critical factor in the postdivorce adjustment
of mothers, fathers, and children. In this study,
guided by General Systems Theory and Ecological
Theory, data from 225 divorced fathers was used to
explore a set of selected variables which were
predicted to affect the quality of their coparental
relationships with former spouses. A standard multiple
regression analysis revealed that a substantial amount
of the variance in coparental relationships was
explained by five of the eleven variables under
investigation. Fathers who reported a positive
coparental relationship with their ex-wives were 1) more satisfied with their custody arrangements, 2) more
likely to blame themselves for the breakup of their
marriage, 3) discussed fewer topics with their exwives,
4) had higher educational levels, and 5) had
greater feelings of closeness to their children predivorce.
Implications of the findings for future research and
policy are discussed.
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