New CFRP Working Papers

Understanding Today's Changing Families - When their children are born, most unmarried parents have high expectations for the future, but they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. Their children are disproportionately likely to experience negative health and wellbeing outcomes, in part because of low father involvement. We provide an overview of the findings in this area and conclude that father involvement is largely a function of parental relationship quality. READ MORE

Showing Up is Half The Battle: Predicting Mothers’ Pregnancy Complications Among Unmarried Parents - Prior research has documented an association between prenatal father involvement and positive outcomes for maternal and child health, including increased prenatal care usage, decreased smoking and alcohol consumption, and a reduction in low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality. CFRP investigated a broad set of prenatal indicators intended to help isolate the factors most related to maternal health complications during pregnancy and at the time of birth. READ MORE

Dads on the Dotted Line: A Look at the In-Hospital Paternity Establishment Process - Few have examined the mechanics of the paternity establishment process itself to understand whether it is functioning optimally for parents and hospitals. Drawing on original data collected through two separate studies, this paper presents a descriptive portrait of the paternity establishment process from two perspectives—that of unmarried parents and that of birth registrars, the certified hospital staff who administer the process. READ MORE

Jan. 16, 2015