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Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Rutgers, The State University of NJ

Nonresident Father Involvement and Children's Economic Precarity.
When Nov 28, 2022
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

One-quarter of all children in the US today live apart from one of their biological parents, most often their father, and half will experience this living arrangement over childhood. Children in female-headed households are much more likely to experience poverty and to encounter other forms of economic deprivation than their peers in two-parent families.  Older research in the US, focusing primarily on divorced, middle-class and often white parents, found that nonresident fathers’ provision of child support was associated with lower poverty and improved financial well-being in children’s households. However, recent studies, focusing on more economically vulnerable samples of parents with nonmarital births, suggest that nonresident fathers’ material contributions through the formal child support system are less beneficial for various domains of children’s well-being than other types of involvement, such as engagement with children, and informal and non-cash support. The current study uses population-based, longitudinal data, with an economically, racially, and ethnically diverse sample to examine whether nonresident father involvement is associated with material hardship and income-to-poverty ratio in children’s households. We consider a comprehensive set of nonresident father involvement measures and create an innovative categorization of these measures, differentiating between voluntary (social engagement, informal cash, and non-cash support) and involuntary (formal cash support) types of involvement with children.

About the Speaker

Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Lenna Nepomnyaschy is an associate professor at Rutgers School of Social Work. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003 and an MSW from Rutgers in 1991. Her research is broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies impact child and family health and well-being. One line of work examines the impact of social policies, particularly related to fathers, child support, and the carceral system on the well-being of families and children. Another line of work examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in child and adolescent health and development. Her work has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network, the Foundation for Child Development, and the USDA Research Program on Childhood Hunger.

Seminar Format

Location: ONLINE VIA ZOOM:  Zoom Link to Register.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2022 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols



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