Over 80% of men have become fathers by their early forties (CDC, 2015), but the path to fatherhood varies considerably across social and demographic characteristics. In this Family Profile, we use nationally representative data from the National Survey of Families and Households (1987-1988) and the National Survey of Family Growth (2002, 2006-2013) to examine the average age at fatherhood among aged 40-45. We begin by examining trends over the past 25 years in age at first birth among both fathers and mothers. We then move to investigate the fathers' age when his first child was born across relationship status, race/ethnicity, and educational level, focusing on father in 2011-13. (Author abstract)
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Over 25 Years of Change in Men's Entry into Fatherhood, 1987-2013.