Fatherhood / Male Involvement Facts

How The Change In Family Structure Impacts Children

Over the last forty years, a significant transformation of the American family structure has occurred. In 1970, about 30 percent of children had non-resident fathers by the time they reached the age of eighteen, whereas by 2000 more than 50 percent of children were expected to have nonresident fathers at some point in their lives.

It is estimated today that nearly one-fifth of children in the United States will have never lived with their father. Additionally, one-third of all births in the United States are now to unmarried parents.

This change in marital patterns has significant consequences for the number of births, labor market participation, income levels, and the allocation of household resources.