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Marital and Unmarried Births to Men: Complex Patterns of Fatherhood Evidence from the National Survey of Family Growth, 2002

Publication Date
Apr 29, 2007

This ASPE research brief suggests that for most men, fatherhood is restricted to marriage. A significant fraction of men, however, have complex fertility patterns including un-married births, but also mixtures of marital, cohabiting, and single births. A man's pattern of births is related to a wide range of social and economic circumstances. Importantly, a man's status at the time his first child is born is very strongly related to his marital status when his other children are born. [12 PDF pages]