By J. Bradshaw
A lot has been written and debated on lone moms. in spite of the fact that 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 extra. Drawn from the most effective social coverage devices within the united kingdom and effects from the present ESRC Programme on inhabitants and loved ones switch, it's going to offer a textual content for undergraduates in social coverage and will even be vital for execs excited by kin breakdown and baby help.
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But 19 per cent were under 20 when they first became fathers, and 34 per cent of their partners were under 20. Again the major ity of these men had only one absent child. The average length of time the fathers had cohabited before the birth of the child was twenty-five months and the average time afterwards was seventeen months. It is possible to distinguish between three types of cohabiting relationship. First there were those that were marriage-like when they broke down: their living-together relationship had preceded the birth of the first child by at least one year, and had continued for a year or more following the child’s birth (25 per cent).
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.
In all but the case where the couple were not married, the decision to end the relationship came after years of difficulties. Two of the couples had been to Relate counselling to try to save the marriage, but the counselling had failed. In the case of three couples the child was born before the woman was aged 20. One young father said: basically I was only thinking of meself at that time. I love me children you know what I mean but I was only young 23, you know what I mean. I just felt that I should take care of meself in me own selfish way.