Carol Lynn Roan
This study uses data from the National Survey of Families
and Households to study the frequency of visits and phone calls or letters
between parents and one of their children living outside their household.
Ordered logistic regression is used to regress contact on selected characteristics
of the parents' other children, of the child being considered, and of the
parent. The results confirm that the number of parents' other children reduces
contact with each individual child. However, the location of the parents'
other children does not affect contact with the individual child. Additionally,
distance, sex, marital status, religiosity, and education significantly
predict the frequency of contact.