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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Study says 20% of US moms have kids from many dads

An interesting study was presented on Friday at the Population Association of America that says 20 percent of all US women have children from multiple men.
Looking closer, children from moms with two or more babies were sired from at least two dads in 28 percent.
The new study in the first national survey of "multiple partner fertility" interviewed 4,000 women in a 27-year period, said the LA Times.
According to Cassandra Dorius at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the occurrence was highest among African American women (59 percent) followed by Hispanic women (35 percent) and white women (22 percent).
The importance of the results lies in the fact that mothers with kids from many fathers are at a disadvantage than other women.
Dorius said in a news conference, "They are more likely to be under-employed, to have lower incomes, and to be less educated."
The situation is further complicated for the players involved partly because the mothers need to shuffle to cater to the needs of more than one father.
"Everyday decisions are more complex and family rules are more ambiguous.
"Families need to figure out who lives with whom and when, who pays for things like clothing, who is responsible for child support."
Assistant Professor Katherine Stamps Mitchell at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge said that more young women are opting to become mothers before they get married.
She said that the long-term impact of that choice on the children is yet unknown.
"It’s possible that some of these kids will be multiply disadvantaged."
Details of this story here.

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