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By J. Bradshaw

A lot has been written and debated on lone moms. although little has been mentioned approximately non-resident fathers. Absent Fathers is a part of a transforming into literature on males and masculinities and takes this debate extra. Drawn from the best social coverage devices within the united kingdom and effects from the present ESRC Programme on inhabitants and family swap, it's going to offer a textual content for undergraduates in social coverage and will even be very important for execs inquisitive about kinfolk breakdown and baby aid.

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However, family life is not as simple as this, and the actual experiences of the non-resident fathers are a good deal more complex than this. For a start, the classification of marital status at birth, outlined above, is based on the most recent or only relationship that involved children who were not living with the fathers. In fact sixty-one (10 per cent) of the fathers in this study had had more than one such relationship—fifty-four had had two, four had had three and three had had four. Furthermore their fertility history was not yet over, in the sense that many were now, or would be, in new relationships that might involve the birth of children and these might founder.

And that was the first I knew that she was going to leave. She then said it was just for a bit and she might come back. But she never did, she never did come back…. I was very unhappy, very unhappy. No doctor, no counselling, still doing my degree another year and a half. There were two tutors I talked to…. We had a law department and I saw a gentleman there who told me the best way of doing things—but that was several months after. I never thought it would come to that. The following October I was divorced and I didn’t even know.

The father was resigned, but went on to make a new life for himself, and another relationship. Characteristics of non-resident fathers 43 A similar fate awaited a father who suffered from manic depression. His wife left him two years after he had been diagnosed manicdepressive. In the early stages of his illness, he had been unable to accept his diagnosis and refused to take medication. Before starting his medication he was compulsorily admitted to psychiatric hospital eight times. His wife left him because she could not cope with the madness that surrounded him, and it was many years before he was able to see his children again.

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