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Unformatted text preview: level, and religiosity. The respondents were asked fourteen questions. The median age of those surveyed was 41; 85 percent of the fathers were married. 90 percent lived with their focal child. 27 percent of fathers said they were “very religious,” 10 percent were not at all. 99 percent of fathers said that fatherhood made up a large part of their identity. 53 percent said that they agreed that mothers could adequately substitute for the role of fathers. 91 percent agreed that there is a father absence in American society, but only 62 percent “strongly agreed.” Those with a lower education level, and those not living with their children, were more likely to agree that mothers could replace fathers. This clearly indicates that some view the lack of responsible fathers to be a problem, however social pressures and the government continue to play a large role in a man’s decision to be an active and caring role model for his child....
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- Spring '09
- Fatherhood, National Fatherhood Initiative