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High Father I Volveme T A D Supportive Copare Ti G Predict I Creased Same-Part Er A D Decreased Multipart Ered Fertility

  • Letitia E. Kotila

    (Ohio State University)

  • Claire M. Kamp Dush

    (Ohio State University)

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    Non-marital childbearing in the US has reached historic levels. Because of the instability of nonmarital partnerships, multipartnered fertility, whereby a woman has children with different men, has also increased. High father involvement and supportive coparenting may serve as barriers to multipartnered fertility. Using a subsample of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N=2363), we examined father involvement (measured as engagement, responsibility, and accessibility) and supportive coparenting as predictors of unmarried mothers’ fertility. Discretetime survival analysis models indicated that mothers who perceived greater paternal engagement, responsibility, and supportive coparenting were more likely to have another child with the focal child’s biological father, and less likely to have a child with a new man. Among noncoresidential mothers (mothers who were not living with the focal child’s biological father), the same pattern of results emerged with one exception: paternal engagement did not predict either same or multipartnered fertility. Also, non-coresidential mothers that reported higher levels of accessibility, or contact between the focal child and the biological father, were more likely to have another child with him, and less likely to have a child with a new man. Overall, greater supportive coparenting and father involvement may decrease multipartnered fertility, even among non-coresidential parents.

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    Paper provided by Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. in its series Working Papers with number 1311.

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    Date of creation: May 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:pri:crcwel:wp11-07-ff
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    1. Marcia Carlson & Sara McLanahan & Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, 2008. "Coparenting and nonresident fathers’ involvement with young children after a nonmarital birth," Demography, Springer, vol. 45(2), pages 461-488, May.
    2. S. Morgan, 1982. "Parity-specific fertility intentions and uncertainty: the United States, 1970 to 1976," Demography, Springer, vol. 19(3), pages 315-334, August.
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