What are the rules that make a man a father?
Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data.
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Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood.
About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
It’s about more than gender dynamics: Do social institutions get in the way of dads being dads?
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Why is it all about mom? Fathers want to be more involved in their children's lives, but are limited by public policy and social institutions. This is a bad deal for dads, kids and moms alike.
Paternity doubts are a source of gossip and emotional trauma – with a man, woman and child caught in between.
How often is a person’s biological father someone other than the man they call dad? Paternity doubts are a source of gossip, on the one hand, and emotional trauma, on the other. But our assumptions about…