The new data, pulled from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, shows that this kind of family structure is found at all levels of income and education. And it’s frequently tied to divorce and remarriage, not just to single motherhood, Dorius says. Forty-three percent of the women with kids with multiple dads were married when their first babies were born.
Dorius found that a multiple-father type of family structure was more common among minority women, with 59 percent of African-American mothers, 35 percent of Hispanic mothers and 22 percent of white mothers reporting children with more than one father.
This study is disturbing on a number of levels. It is evidence that the family structure is not clearly defined, women are not tolerating behavior perceived as undesirable, and that children are being subjected to an internal war. Children of a father who is perceived a better contributor than his/her father will always be seen as the baby with the lower achieving father and therefore be caste as the lower achieving child whether it is true or not.
The latter scenario may or may not happen but as a teacher I have seen the incident too many times to say that it doesn’t or will not exist. I too have seen the fall out from this type of self fulfilling prophecy and that is even worse.