A new University of Michigan study concludes that twenty-eight percent of American mothers with two or more children have them with different fathers.
The study has 4000 women as participants.
The study also reports a substantial variance based on ethnicity, with:
- African American mothers at fifty-nine percent
- Hispancics at thirty-five percent and
- caucasians twenty-two percent
Factors making it more likely that children in a family would have different fathers include:
- not living with a man at the time of birth
- low income
- limited education
Despite that, multiple fathers for multiple children in a family is pervasive at all income and educational levels.
Further, the phenomenon is more common among divorcees than single mothers.
The study has not yet been published and peer-reviewed.