Multiple-Father Fertility, Prevalence and Connection to the Criminal Justice System.

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Year Published
2010
Author (Individual)
Evenhouse, Eirik.
Reilly, Siobhán.
Author (Organization)
National Center for Family and Marriage Research.
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
Across the United States, two phenomena have emerged: high rates of multi-partnered fertility (having children by more than one partner) and high rates of male involvement with the criminal justice system. This paper is a first step in an exploration of the possible connection between these two phenomena. The first part of the paper provides measures of the prevalence of multi-partnered fertility among mothers during the period 1985-2008, for the overall population and for select subgroups, based on a nationally representative survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation. This constitutes a useful addition to the literature, which contains few estimates of women's multi-partnered fertility or its evolution over time. In the second part of the paper, we explore the association between multiple-father fertility and local arrest rates between 1985 and 2001. We find a positive correlation between the lagged arrest rate in a mother's city and the probability that she has children by more than one man. (Author abstract)

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