Coping with "absence-presence": Noncustodial fathers' parenting behaviors

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This article is based on the view that the nature of the divorced father's involvement with his children is affected by psychological processes that enable him to separate his parental from his spousal role and identity. It argues that the ability to cope with the simultaneous absence of the spousal role and identity and presence of the paternal role and identity is a key factor in shaping the divorced father's behavior toward his children. The article illustrates the claim in 3 case studies showing (a) parental functioning marred by ongoing conflict with the children's mother, (b) disengagement, and (c) stable and consistent parental functioning within the inevitable limitations of noncustodial fatherhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-324
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004


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