National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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Nonresident fathers are an important source of social and economic support to children. This family profile focuses on economic support reported and provided by nonresident fathers using the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) 2006-2010, a nationally representative data set of men 15-44 years of age. The NSFG asks men about nonresident children under age 18 living outside the household. This profile differs from U.S. Census Bureau reports on child support which rely on mothers’ reports of child support received (see Grall, 2011). The demographic characteristics of nonresident fathers (FP-12-08) and visitation (FP-12-02) have been explored in prior profiles as well as the measurement issues surrounding surveys of nonresident fathers (Poster).

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research