By J. Bradshaw

A lot has been written and debated on lone moms. even though little has been mentioned approximately non-resident fathers. Absent Fathers is a part of a starting to be literature on males and masculinities and takes this debate additional. Drawn from the best social coverage devices within the united kingdom and effects from the present ESRC Programme on inhabitants and loved ones switch, it is going to offer a textual content for undergraduates in social coverage and may even be very important for execs fascinated by relatives breakdown and baby aid.

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5 per cent of male fertility was missing and 60 per cent of this was due to under-representation in the sample rather than non-reporting. They also found a much higher proportion of missing male fertility among non-marital births and marital births where the marr iage was no longer intact at the survey date (approximately 19 per cent of the total in the BHPS). Among the non-marital births, 36 per cent of male fertility was missing though less than a quarter (23 per cent) of it could be attributed to underrepresentation in the sample—the rest was due to non-reporting.

This has to be borne in mind in consider ing the quantitative findings in the rest of this book. Nevertheless, the qualitative studies enrich the survey results and provide insights into processes, experiences, values and attitudes in relation to what it means to be a non-resident father. 3 The characteristics of non-resident fathers INTRODUCTION In this chapter we begin the analysis of the results of the survey by exploring how men become non-resident fathers. We also draw on some of the interview material from the qualitative study of contact, which provides a more detailed picture.

Given how little is known about the prevalence of non-resident fathers, it is difficult to be certain how big this group is. 9 per cent said that they were non-resident fathers. 6 per cent found by McKay (personal communication) in the survey of Family and Working Lives. However, 5 per cent of men aged 16–65 represents only around one million men out of around 18 million men in Britain in that age range. If we are correct in our conclusion that there are more than two million non-resident fathers, and there may be as many as five million, then we are a long way short of identifying all the non-resident fathers in the population for this study.

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