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Growing Up In Scotland: Sweep 3 Non-resident Parent Report

DescriptionGrowing Up in Scotland is a nationally representative longitudinal child cohort study funded by the Scottish Government.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJanuary 21, 2009


Louise Marryat*, Susan Reid* and Fran Wasoff^, *Scottish Centre for Social Research, ^Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
ISBN 978 0 7559 1936 9 (Web only publication)
This document is also available in pdf format (632k)
This report is also accompanied by,
Research Findings 1/2009,
Report 2, Food Activity Report, Research Findings 2/2009,
Report 3, The neighbourhood context Report, Research Findings 3/2009,
Report 4, Multiple childcare provision amongst families Report, Research Findings 4/2009,
Report 5, The impact of children's early activities on cognitive development Report, Research Findings 5/2009


Executive Summary

1 Introduction

2 The dynamics of non-resident fatherhood
2.1 The stability of family situations
2.2 Lone parents but not alone?
2.3 The economic impact of non-resident fatherhood and re-partnering

3 Patterns of contact
3.1 Whether the child has any contact with the non-resident father
3.2 Frequency of child's face-to-face contact with non-resident father
3.3 Frequency of child staying overnight with non-resident father
3.4 Phone, text, email or letter contact
3.5 Frequency of outings with child
3.6 Frequency of buying toys, clothing or equipment
3.7 Changes in patterns of contact over time

4 Negotiating contact, decision making, and managing conflict over contact
4.1 Parental conflict
4.2 How arrangements were made
4.3 Non-resident parent's involvement in decisions

5 Conclusion

Prepared for the Scottish Government: Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate by the Scottish Centre for Social Research