Reciprocity Between Fathers and Children: Patterns of Intergenerational Transmission of Inequality in Families

Concurrent Sessions 8

Avery Hennigar, Natasha Cabrera, Ui Jeong Moon, Ryan Blick, Kevin Roy, Laura Golojuch, John Hart, Natasha Cabrera, Jen Malin, Jerry West

Chair: Kevin Roy

8:30 AM
9:45 AM
Royal Palm 3
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About the Session

  • 318-01 - Cross-Lagged Effects of Mothers, Fathers, and Children on Academic Achievement Over Time in Resident and Nonresident Families
    By Avery Hennigar, Natasha Cabrera, Ui Jeong Moon
  • 318-02 - The Impact of Adult Children on Fathers' Mental and Physical Health: A Longitudinal Study
    By Ryan Blick
  • 318-03 - Across Three Generations: Perspectives on Shared Family Trauma Processes From Incarcerated Fathers
    By Kevin Roy, Laura Golojuch, John Hart
  • 318-04 - Latino Mothers' and Fathers' SES, Immigrant Status, and Preschoolers' Preacademic and Social Skills
    By Natasha Cabrera, Jen Malin, Jerry West


This symposium draws on four papers to examine reciprocity at the core of father/child relationships as they unfold in families over time.  We focus on mechanisms and meanings systems by which children absorb risks – low academic achievement, income inequality, health disparities, immigration status, substance use, incarceration – from family relationships.  The papers collectively utilize a range of methodological approaches – large national data sets as well as life history interviews– on a diversity of  White, Black and Latino fathers; married, co-resident, nonresidential, and unmarried men; and men with children of various ages, from infants to adolescents to young adults.  This panel offers new directions in our study of reciprocity among fathers and children, with a richer understanding of transmission of inequalities over time and within families.


To examine father/child reciprocal relationships from a range of methodological perspectives, including large national data sets and smaller life history interview samples;To move from a focus on associations of father involvement with child outcomes, toward a nuanced view of mechanisms of reciprocal involvement as fathers and children age over time;To identify new processes of transmission of inequality across generations in families.

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