BGSU Experts Available to Talk About the Changing Face of Fatherhood

Released: 11-Jun-2012 12:00 PM EDT
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Newswise — Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) has recently taken a closer look at the changing face of fatherhood.

Drs. Wendy Manning and Susan Brown, co-directors of the NCFMR, are available to talk about their recent findings, which include:

• On average, men are 27.4 years old when they become fathers. This is almost two years older than the age of first-time fathers 20 years ago.

• In the 1990s, only 6 percent of men who entered a first marriage already had two or more children. That number has increased to 11 percent for men who got married for the first time in the 2000s.

• African-American and Hispanic men report having more children, on average, than white men—44 percent of Hispanic men and 40 percent of African-American men have three or more children compared to only 20 percent of white men.

• Among male same-sex households, 11 percent include biological, step or adopted children.

• Fifteen percent of fathers who exit the labor force do so to take care of a minor child.

• African-American non-resident fathers are more likely to report frequent visitation (36 percent) than both their white (25 percent) and Hispanic (20 percent) counterparts.

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