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Charting Parenthood: A Statistical Portrait of Fathers and Mothers in
America. By Child Trends, 2002.
How do men feel about parenthood? How involved are fathers in
day-to-day parenting activities? Do men think single parents
are just as effective as two-parent families? Do men wait
longer to have children? While most parenting statistics have
focused only on mothers, on June 13, 2002, a first-of its-kind report
on parents — including fathers —
was released. This report looks at what is known about both
mothers and fathers, offering a more complete picture of family life in
the United States. The report was produced by Child Trends, a
non-profit, non-partisan research organization and funded by the
Department of Health and Human Services through the National Institute
for Child and Human Development/NIH and the Administration for Children
and Families, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family
Statistics, the NICHD Family and Child Well-being Research Network, and
the Ford, Annie E. Casey, David and Lucille Packard, and William and
Flora Hewlett Foundations.
(in PDF format) Child
Trends press release
NURTURING FATHERHOOD: Improving Data and Research on Male Fertility,
Family Formation, and Fatherhood.
Report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, June
1998. Available in PDF for printing: Nurturing, Part 1
and Nurturing, Part 2.