Quality vs. quantity of fathering time: An argument against shared physical custody


What does my meta-analysis (and Amato and Keith’s meta-analysis) tell us about the importance of father contact and how do both of those meta-analyses “translate” into a position that supports shared physical custody after parents separate? Should my meta-analysis (and Amato’s) be used as evidence against shared physical custody by claiming that fathers can create and maintain high-quality relationships throughout the many years of their children’s childhood with slices and dices of parenting time on weekends and vacations? Do my findings support the idea that kids benefit from overnights and extended stays during the school week vs. weekends with their dads?


Dr. Kari Adamsons
University of Connecticut, USA

Kari Adamsons is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, where she has conducted research and taught classes on fathering, parenting, and close relationships for the past 10 years. She has published many peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the areas of fathering, co-parenting, and divorce. She is particularly known for her work on nonresident father involvement and father identity, and is considered one of the leaders of the next generation of fathering scholars.

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