Atlantic Dads

This research on fatherhood and adolescent outcomes uses data from Wave 1 and Wave 3 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (1994-2002), a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website. No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis.

The measure for relationship quality with a teen’s father was created using these three questions: “Most of the time, your father is warm and loving toward you?” “You are satisfied with the way your father and you communicate with each other?” and “Overall, you are satisfied with your relationship with your father?” Respondents answered these questions using a five-point scale ranging from “Strongly agree” to “Strongly disagree.” These three questions were asked only of respondents who reported a father (or father figure) resident in the home. For this analysis, only respondents who were living with both biological parents were used.

Thanks go to Charles Stokes for his assistance in analyzing this data.