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Fathering Across Households

Working Paper Number SEHSD-WP2019-07 & SIPP-WP-287
Lindsay M. Monte


The complexity of men’s paternity can be seen in the intersection of several different statistics. For example, roughly a quarter of all fathers of minor children do not live with at least some of those children, probably in part because 14.6 percent of fathers have children with more than one woman. These data suggest that, for many men, fathering extends beyond a single home, and may include a diversity of parenting arrangements and situations. In this paper, I use a large, nationally representative dataset with extensive measures of household and familial complexity to examine men’s fathering of minor children.

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