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The Unwed Fathers: Generation Recidivism and Attitudes about Intercourse in California Youth Authority Wards

Mina-May Brown Robbins and David B. Lynn
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 9, No. 4 (Nov., 1973), pp. 334-341
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3811663
Page Count: 8
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The Unwed Fathers: Generation Recidivism and Attitudes about Intercourse in California Youth Authority Wards
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Abstract

22 unwed fathers and 22 unwed nonfathers, all wards of the California Youth Authority, were interviewed. (a) More unwed fathers than nonfathers were illegitimate (p < .01) and (b) had siblings with illegitimate children (p < .001). (c) More siblings of illegitimate Ss than siblings of legitimate Ss themselves had illegitimate children (p < .01). More unwed fathers than nonfathers approved (d) of their own children's becoming unwed parents (p < .001) and (e) of extramarital sex (p < .001), but disapproved of (f) the use of contraceptives. They felt (g) responsible for pregnancies they caused (p < .05), (h) said they would marry a woman with another man's illegitimate child (p < .001), and (i) felt that their children would not be affected by their behavior (p < .001).

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