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A Portrait of Latino Fathers: Strengths and Challenges

Publication number: 2017-10

Author(s): Elizabeth Karberg; Lina Guzman; Elizabeth Cook; Mindy E. Scott; Natasha Cabrera

Publication date: Feb 2017

Doc type: Brief

In this brief, we contribute to this body of research by analyzing nationally representative data about Latino fathers. Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), we examine a sample of Latino fathers ages 18 to 44 with biological children ages zero to 18 years old. Given previous research that has shown that the family experiences of Hispanic children differ in many respects by whether their parents are immigrants or U.S.-born, we examine differences among immigrant and non-immigrant (i.e., U.S.-born) Latino fathers. By focusing on these differences rather than how Latino fathers compare to other ethnic groups, we aim to gain a better understanding of who Latino fathers are and the diversity among them. We present key socio-demographic information, such as fathers’ educational attainment and residential, marital, and employment status, because these characteristics have been linked to father engagement and child well-being in previous studies.

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