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Downward spiral: The impact of out-of-home placement on paternal welfare dependency
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI). Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, Denmark.
2016 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 66, 45-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we test how out-of-home placement affects men's labor market attachment, and in so doing we provide a novel parallel to existing research on how fatherhood affects men, which focuses almost exclusively on a child's arrival. Using population panel data from Denmark that include all first time fathers whose children were placed in out-of-home care from 1995 to 2005, we find that having a child placed in care is associated with up to a 4 percentage point increase in welfare dependency. Having a child placed in out-of-home care appear to aggravate conditions that likely necessitated the out-of-home placement to begin with, thereby likely necessitating longer duration of out-of-home placements. Thus, out-of-home placements have substantial secondary costs for parents and society.

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2016. Vol. 66, 45-55 p.
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Administrative data, Fatherhood, Labor market attachment, Out-of-home placement, Welfare dependency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130347DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.016ISI: 000379097800006OAI: diva2:929256
Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-08-08Bibliographically approved

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