A new study on fatherhood is released in the US by the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends Project. Overall finding shows that the number of children living apart from their fathers has more than doubled in the last 50 years, from 11% in 1960 to 27% in 2010.
- Fathers with higher incomes are less likely to live apart from their children than those who make less money.
- Fathers’ education is linked to his likelihood of being married to the mother of his children.
- Age influences a father’s likelihood of being married to the mother of his children.
- Over half (55 percent) of fathers are married to the mother of all of their children, and an additional 7 percent of fathers are cohabitating with the mother of all of their children. The remaining 38 percent are not living with or married to the mother of their children for a variety of reasons.
- The percentage of fathers living apart from their children varies among different races and ethnic groups.
- Absent dads have varying levels of communication with their children.
Read more of the news article here.
Also, there’s a similar thread of argument posed in a recent article Chemistry of Fatherhood in the Philippine Star by Tony Montemayor.