PS Some references of interest popped up in the thread.
Booth A., and A. Crouter (1998) “Men in Families: When Do They Get Involved? What Difference does it Make?” Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
Cockett M., and J. Tripp. (1994) “The Exeter Family Study: Family Breakdown and Its Impact on Children”. Exeter: University of Exeter Press
Flood-Page, Claire, S Campbell, V Harrington, and J. Miller (2000) “Youth Crime: Findings from the 1998/99 Youth Lifestyles Survey.” London Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate.
Sweeting H., P West and M. Richards (2000) “Teenage Family Life, Lifestyles and Lifechances: Associations with Family Structure, Conflict with Parents, and Joint Family Activity” International Journal of Law, Policy and Family 14: 15-46
Whelan R. (1994) Broken Homes and Battered Children. Oxford: Family Education Trust
and a good link...