Paternity Establishment for Men’s Nonmarital Births

Paternity Establishment for Men’s Nonmarital Births This paper uses the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth to examine paternity establishment among men’s nonmarital births. Using births as the unit of analysis, I find that paternity establishment for first births (n = 661) is linked to race/ethnicity and relationship status at birth, and these characteristics are associated differently with the timing and location of paternity establishment (in-hospital or at some later point). For higher-parity births (n = 429), paternity establishment for a particular birth is strongly related to prior paternity and fertility behaviors. Paternity is less likely to be established for a higher-parity birth if the father failed to establish paternity for at least one earlier birth, and third or higher-parity births are far more likely to have paternity established at a subsequent point than at the hospital. Population Research and Policy Review Springer Journals

Paternity Establishment for Men’s Nonmarital Births

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Social Sciences; Demography; Sociology, general; Population Economics
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