Single Fatherhood Tied to Levels of Schooling

Kevin Orland, Houston Chronicle, June 1, 2006

About half of U.S. men without a high school education have fathered a child outside of marriage, while 6 percent of male college graduates have done so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released today.

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The report also found disparities in when men of different races have children. About 25 percent of black fathers had their first child before age 20, compared with 19 percent of Hispanic fathers and 11 percent of whites. About 37 percent of black men were married when their first child was born, compared with 52 percent for Hispanic men and 77 percent for white men, according to the study.

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