New father figures and fathers who live elsewhere

Content type
Commissioned report

August 2012


Jennifer Baxter, Ben Edwards

Commissioning Body

Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This report explores two types of relationships between children and fathers - new father figures moving into their home and non-residential fathers who live elsewhere. Using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children' (LSAC), it examines the complexity and prevalence of these arrangements and their impact on child outcomes. 

Information is provided on: children's living arrangements over three Waves of data, factors predicting a new father figure moving into the family, new father figures and children's outcomes, proportions of children with a father living elsewhere, characteristics of mothers' homes for children with fathers living elsewhere, contact between children and fathers living elsewhere, characteristics of fathers living elsewhere, parenting activities of fathers living elsewhere, and child support and other financial and in kind contributions.