Edited By Carol J. Bruess
21. Nonresidential Parenting and New Media Technologies: A Double-Edged Sword
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A Double-Edged Sword
California State University, Fresno
LINDSAY M. TIMMERMAN
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Nonresidential parents (NRPs) are defined as parents who do not live with one or more of their biological children all or most of the time (Braithwaite & Baxter, 2006; Herrerias, 1995). Individuals can become NRPs in a number of ways: after a divorce, after a cohabiting relationship ends, or if children are born outside of a marital/committed relationship. Even in joint custody situations, it is common for one parent to have primary physical placement, making the other parent nonresidential by default (Ganong & Coleman, 2004). The focus of this chapter will be post-divorce NRPs, parents who often must redefine and modify parenting practices to adapt to their new family system. Because NRPs are geographically separated from their children on a regular basis, they often use various technologies to maintain familial connections with their children (Rollie Rodriguez, 2014). As such, post-divorce, nonresidential parenting is an important context in which to examine digital-age family communication.
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