Master of Science (MS)
Mary J. Levitt
Troubled Ruminations, Parental Involvement, Divorce, Family Form, Paternal role, Non-resident Fathers
Date of Defense
This study is an exploration of the relationship between retrospectively perceived desired parental involvement and current troubled ruminations about fathers and mothers by young adults. It investigates the impact of family form on desired parental involvement and troubled ruminations. The data were taken from a larger project (Finley, Mira, & Schwartz, 2008), consisting of 1,714 ethnically diverse, young adult university students. The results show a significant correlation between desired paternal involvement and troubled ruminations about fathers (r= .369, p<.001) and a significant correlation between desired maternal involvement and troubled ruminations about mothers (r=.201, p<.001). There was a significantly higher association between desired parental involvement and troubled ruminations for fathers (r= .411) as compared to mothers (r=. 248), p<. 001 in divorced families. Given the current social policies favoring maternal custody following divorce (resulting in lower paternal involvement), a better understanding of the paternal role and its impact may contribute to shaping better family policy.
Nazareth, Alina, "Family Form, Desired Parental Involvement and Troubled Ruminations about Fathers and Mothers" (2012). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 650.