Single Dads


More men than ever before are raising kids as single dads. To celebrate Father's Day, Cristen and Caroline trace how single fatherhood has become the new normal and spotlight how and why society treats single dads differently from single moms.

Episode sources:

"Census Canada 2011: Single fathers surge in numbers as more kids live in one-parent homes" by Jordan Press. Sept. 19, 2010. National Post. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/19/census-canada-2011-single-fathers-surge-in-numbers-as-more-kids-live-in-one-parent-homes/

"Dad Stats." National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. https://www.fatherhood.gov/library/dad-stats

"Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America" by Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman. Princeton University Press. 2011. http://books.google.com/books?id=VBMoKsX6RU4C&dq=unwed+fathers&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Men Caring for Babies! The Horror! Visions From the Early 20th Century" by Garance Franke-Ruta. Aug. 08, 2010. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/08/men-caring-for-babies-the-horror-visions-from-the-early-20th-century/278392/

"More Men Adopting Children Alone." ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=127059&page=1&singlePage=true

"Mothers and Fathers in America: Looking Backward, Looking Forward" by Steven Mintz. Digital History. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/mothersfathers.cfm

"Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone" by Jennifer Ludden. June 19, 2012. NPR. http://www.npr.org/2012/06/19/154860588/single-dads-by-choice-more-men-going-it-alone

"The Bachelor Life Includes a Family" by Mireya Navarro. Sept. 05, 2008. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/fashion/07single.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

"The Mysterious and Alarming Rise of Single Parenthood in America" by Aparna Mathur, Hao Fu and Peter Hansen. Sept. 03, 2013. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/09/the-mysterious-and-alarming-rise-of-single-parenthood-in-america/279203/

"The Rise of Single Fathers" by Gretchen Livingston. July 02, 2013. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/07/02/the-rise-of-single-fathers/

"The Rise of the Single Dad" by Caroline Kitchener. Feb. 24, 2014. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/the-rise-of-the-single-dad/284016/

"The Science of Dad: Engaged Fathers Help Kids Flourish" by Stephanie Pappas. June 13, 2013. LiveScience. http://www.livescience.com/37435-fathers-importance-kids.html

"What the Rising Number of Single Dads Says About Fatherhood in General" by Noah Berlatsky. July 03, 2013. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/what-the-rising-number-of-single-dads-says-about-fatherhood-in-general/277498/

Academic insights:

"Expenditures of single parents: how does gender figure in?" Geoffrey D. Paulin and Yoon G. Lee. July 2002. Monthly Labor Review. http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2002/07/art2full.pdf

"Fathers' and Mothers' Involvement in Their Children's Schools by Family Type and Resident Status" by Christine Winquist Nord and Jerry West. May 2001. National Center for Education Statistics. http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2001/2001032.pdf

"Sex Differences in Parenting Behaviors in Single-Mother and Single-Father Households" by Mikaela J. Dufur. September 2010. Journal of Marriage and Family. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00752.x/abstract;jsessionid=EBD79C458B898D220FC26F3BC3DA454A.f03t02?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false

"The Effect of Father Involvement: An Updated Research Summary of the Evidence" by Sarah Allen and Kerry Daly. May 2007. Father Involvement Research Alliance. http://fira.ca/cms/documents/29/Effects_of_Father_Involvement.pdf

"The School Performance of Children From Single-Mother and Single-Father Families: Economic or Interpersonal Deprivation?" by Douglas B. Downey. March 1994. Journal of Family Issues. http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/15/1/129.abstract

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