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Comparing fathers and mothers who have social work contact: A research note

Zhang, Meng, Scourfield, Jonathan, Cheung, Sin Yi and Sharland, E. 2018. Comparing fathers and mothers who have social work contact: A research note. Social Work Research 10.1093/swr/svx027
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Relatively little is known about the characteristics of fathers who receive social worker contact. This lack of knowledge also extends to male partners of mothers who, while not biologically related to the children, may also be significant caregivers. Increased knowledge is vital to inform the provision of services for whole families. This research note examines the characteristics of these men using a sample of individuals from a large-scale British cohort study, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). We compare the characteristics of fathers with those of mothers who have had social work contact. Furthermore we demonstrate the use of classification tree models (Breiman, Friedman, Olshen, & Stone, 1984) as a means of predicting whether fathers or mothers are more likely to receive social work contact. Classification trees have a distinct advantage in terms of modeling complex interactions and interpretation compared with the more commonly used logistic regression model.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1070-5309
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 11:06

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