Fathers' financial support of children in a low income community in South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Madhavan, L.Richter, S.Norris, V.Hosegood
KEYWORDS: CHILD WELL-BEING, FATHERHOOD, FINANCIAL SUPPORT, LOW INCOME POPULATION
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8022

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Abstract

We used data from the Birth to Twenty Cohort study to understand children's receipt of financial support from their fathers in a low income, Black community in urban South Africa. Specifically, we (1) described fathers' financial support over the life course of children; (2) estimated survival probabilities of receiving support for all children and not receiving support for children who experienced a parental union dissolution; and (3) identified factors that explained variation in the receipt of support after a union dissolution. The results suggest that most children received full or partial support throughout the life course. Furthermore, a high proportion of children received support after a union dissolution with much of the variation driven by pre-dissolution support, father's education and the presence of extended kin.