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Transactional Family Processes Supporting Father Involvement and Child Socio-Emotional Wellbeing

To test transactional family process models that examine how couple relationship and co-parenting relationship quality relate to father involvement in fragile families, and how these family processes are linked to children's socio-emotional outcomes in early childhood.

This project tests transactional family process models that examine how couple relationship and co-parenting relationship quality relate to father involvement in fragile families, and how these family processes are linked to children's socio-emotional outcomes in early childhood. The project will use longitudinal data on 5,102 racially diverse, low-income couples from the Building Strong Families (BSF) Study. The project goal is to provide advances in the understanding of family processes that are associated with father involvement and socio-emotional outcomes for children in fragile families, and provide targets for intervention to increase father involvement and promote children's socio-emotional wellbeing. The project is being carried out by a multi-disciplinary team from several institutions led by Dr. Inna Altschul; the team includes doctoral and masters level students at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Denver.