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Celebrating Fathers 

June 2012 

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The Changing Face of Fatherhood
Fathers & Fathering in Contemporary Contexts
2012 Conference Materials and  
NCFMR Data Resources Available 

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research recently organized a national conference to examine and discuss the changing face of fatherhood. The conference also provided an opportunity to address 15 years of change by reviewing Nurturing Fatherhood: Improving Data and Research on Male Fertility, Family Formation, and Fatherhood, 1998 Report, findings and recommendations from the 1997 Conference on Fathering and Male Fertility.

Additionally, we took this opportunity to add Fathers to our Resources by Topic, organizing our data resources addressing fatherhood and fathering. A few highlights are below: 
  • On average, men are 27.4 years old when they become fathers, 1.8 years older than first-time fathers twenty years ago (FP-11-04)  
  • Comparing men who married in the 1990s to those who married in the 2000s, theBar Graph proportion has nearly doubled (6% vs. 11%) for those entering a first marriage already having had two or more children (FP-12-09) 
  • Black and Hispanic men report having more children, on average, than White men -- 45% of Hispanic men and 40% of Black men have three or more children compared to only 20% of White men (FP-11-10) 
  • Among male same-sex households, 11% include biological, step, or adopted children (FP-10-08) 

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  • 15% of fathers who exit the labor force do so to care for a minor child (FP-12-10)  
  • Black non-resident fathers are more likely to report frequent visitation (36%) than both their White (25%) and Hispanic (20%) counterparts (FP-12-02) 

Link to Fathers & Fathering conference webpage to view presenter abstracts, presentations, and posters.


Link to Fathers Resources by Topic to view NCFMR data resources such as Family Profiles, Measures Snapshots, and Question Crosswalks. 


The National Center for Family & Marriage Research, established in 2007 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve our understanding of how family structure and marriage affect the health and well-being of families, adults, children, and communities and to inform policy development and programmatic responses.


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This project was supported with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation grant 5 UOI AE00000I-05. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the Federal government.