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 turning out to be literature on males and masculinities and takes this debate extra. Drawn from the best social coverage devices within the united kingdom and effects from the present ESRC Programme on inhabitants and loved ones swap, it's going to supply a textual content for undergraduates in social coverage and may even be vital for pros curious about relations breakdown and baby aid.

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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. This fact needs to be borne in mind in Methods of collecting the data 5 6 13 considering the findings in the rest of the book.

They have the largest average number of non-resident children. The average age of the child at separation was 4 years and the average length of time that fathers had lived with the mother before the birth of the child was four years and two months—so on average these relationships had lasted over eight years. They had lived with the children for the longest period of time and, as we shall see, they are most likely still to be in contact with them. They tended to be older than the other two groups when they had their first child—only 11 per cent were under 20, and 23 per cent of their partners were under 20.

One of the men who left said he could not survive in the emotionally and physically cold environment of his marriage, he did not know his wife had been having an affair until after he left. They had tried going to Relate, which had failed, and he had stopped trying to save the relationship. When he found out the real reason for his wife’s coldness, he was angry and depressed and felt that he had been taken for a fool. Working wives/partners Many men would have preferred their partners to stay at home and look after the family.

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