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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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The long-term impacts of early paternal involvement in childcare in Denmark:

The long-term impacts of early paternal involvement in childcare in Denmark:

what happens after nuclear family dissolution

(p.251) Twelve The long-term impacts of early paternal involvement in childcare in Denmark
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states

Mai Heide Ottosen

Policy Press

This chapter examines the association between the social practices of fathering before and after family break up, by exploring how the configuration of the (late) modern fatherhood, the caregiving father in the intact family, is related to the configuration of the increasingly involved father of divorce. Using data from the Danish Longitudinal Study of the 1995 Cohort the study focuses on the short term and long term) implications of father involvement in child care (parental leave and daily care during early childhood). Results show that lack of paternal involvement in early childhood is associated with risk of nuclear family dissolution, also in a long term perspective. The analysis leaves a more mixed picture regarding the associations between fathering before and after family breakup: No impact of family policy measures can be demonstrated, whereas the legal ties between the members of family as well as the social practices of everyday life in the intact family appear to be important for the post-separation parental construction. Moreover, the analysis suggests that divorced fathers, positioned in the top of the occupational hierarchy, are more likely to keep contact with their 15-year-old child, compared to divorced fathers who are outside the labour market.

Keywords:   social practice of fathering, involvement in childcare, fathers of divorce, longitudinal data

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