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The risk of dying prematurely more than doubles for single fathers compared to single mothers or paired-up dads, according to a study of Canadian families published Thursday.Chiu and colleagues tracked nearly 40,500 people across Canada over 11 years. The subjects – who included 4,590 single moms and 871 single dads – were, on average, in their early 40s when study began. Compared to partnered fathers or single moms, the death rate was three times higher among single fathers.The percentage living with single fathers increased from 1 percent to 4 percent over the same period.Other countries with a large share of single-parent households include Mozambique (36 percent), Dominican Republic (35 percent), Liberia (31 percent), and Kenya (30 percent), he noted in a 2016 report.
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