Telling all of the story: The effects of single parent residency arrangements on children whose parents separate or divorce
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology
This study examined the effects of different parent residency arrangements on the growth of competence and self-esteem in Australian primary school-aged children. It employed a matched sample of 136 non-clinical, single parent children of both genders resident with parents of both genders matched with children from two parent families. Data measuring children's competence and self-esteem were gathered on a range of dependent measures. Comparisons in performance of the single and two parent children were analysed in three ways: (1) family type; (2) family type and child gender, and (3) family type, child gender and parent residency group. The third analysis revealed that there were subtle but important differences in performance between and within each parent residency group not revealed by the other two analyses.