With teen moms being debated heavily in popular culture today, it’s easy to neglect the effects of fatherhood. However, recent research shows that young, disadvantaged men also affect a family and society. In fact, by age 30, between 68 and 75 percent of young men with a high school degree or less are fathers.
Today almost half of all kids are being raised by at least one parent with a low educational background (high school degree or less by age 30) and a poor expected economic future. Additionally 62 percent of fathers with a high school degree or less earned less than $20,000 in 2002. These issues combine to create a roadmap to failure for young, disadvantaged dads.
Editors from The ANNALS published by the American Academy of Political and Social Science recently tackled the issue of young, disadvantaged dads in an entire issue of the journal. Co-editors of the issue, Irwin Garfinkel, Ronald B. Mincy and Timothy Smeeding, will all be helping to further the discussion on the issue at an event on Monday at the Brookings Institute. Learn more about the event and the issue here.
If you’re in the DC area, we hope you’ll check out these great event featuring some of our SAGE journal editors.