Latino fathers’ childbearing intentions: The view from mother-proxy vs. father self-reports Lina Guzman, Jennifer Manlove, & Kerry Franzetta. OVERVIEW & BACKGROUND. Overview. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth
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Latino fathers’ childbearing intentions:
The view from mother-proxy vs. father self-reports
Lina Guzman, Jennifer Manlove, & Kerry Franzetta
Cohort (ECLS-B), we examine patterns in father’s childbearing
intentions and how the picture that emerges varies by source of
comparing mother-proxy and father self-reports.
intentions across mother-proxy and father self-reports vary by
relationship type and nativity status.
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), 9-month
Variables & Methods
Methods: T-Tests & Logistic Regression
Two analytical samples were constructed:
Father’s childbearing intentions
Pregnancy occurred at the right time or later, or father wanted the baby when he discovered they were pregnant
Pregnancy occurred sooner than preferred
Reports “not wanting mother to become pregnant” or “probably did not want” or “didn’t care about having” a(nother) baby
Figure 1. Estimates of intendedness among Latino fathers is higher when we use mother-proxy reports of father childbearing intentions than father self-reports.
Figure 2. This pattern is consistent across all relationship types and nativity types, with one exception. Among native-born cohabitors, a higher percentage of fathers report the birth was intended than mother.
Figure 3. The difference in father’s intendedness between mother-proxy and father self-reports is most pronounced among marrieds and “neithers.” In contrast, among cohabitors mother-proxy and father self-reports are similar.
Figure 4. Overall, the pattern that emerges when we compare mother-proxy and father self-reports of father intendedness does not vary by nativity status.
Figure 5. Percentage of unwanted births among Latino fathers nearly doubles if we use father self-reports than mother-proxy reports.
Figure 6. Discrepancies that emerge in the percent of Latino fathers who had an unwanted birth by source of report is most pronounced among the foreign-born.
Figure 7. With the exception of cohabitors, a similar picture emerges for the percentage of Latino fathers for whom the birth was mistimed whether we use mother-proxy or father self-reports.
Factors associated with reports of father intendedness
* “ ” Indicate significance at .05 level and below and direction of effect.
ns=not significant at .05 level.
Model includes controls for key background characteristics.
- Not assessed.
Background factors associated with father’s intendedness
Funding for this study was provided by NICHD Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities
Grant # RO1 HD044761-02S1. The authors gratefully acknowledge the research assistance by Erin Schelar.