The Changing Course of Fatherhood: Men's Experiences with Children in Demographic Perspective.

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Journal of Family Issues
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Eggebeen, David J.
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This article documents the changes in men's experience of living with their own children. Data are drawn from seven Current Population Surveys (1965-1995) to identify trends in the likelihood of living with children, cohort differences in the experience of living with many children or with preschool age children, the timing of living with children, and variations in patterns by race and level of education. The data indicate that men's experience of living with children declined dramatically across cohorts. Residency with children decreased by 66 percent for men aged 20 to 24 and by 57 percent for men aged 25 to 29. Significant decreases also were found in men aged 55 to 59. In general, slightly more than half of adult men lived with their own children in 1965, compared to 35 percent in 1995. More recent cohorts are also less likely to be characterized by the experience of large numbers of children. There are stark differences among men by race and level of education. Although residency with children is lower among black men than white men, black men aged 55 and older are more likely than white men of the same age to be living with children. Men with higher levels of education are less likely than men who withdrew from high school to live with children. (Author abstract modified) 55 references, 8 figures, 2 tables.

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