A quarter of Jamaican children are confused about who their biological fathers are.

That’s according to Anthropologist at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. Herbert Gayle.

The UWI lecturer says studies show that over twenty percent of Jamaican men are sure they are fathering children who are not theirs biologically.

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He says several men accept children who are not theirs as a means of protecting their status.

The Anthropologist says some men continue to father other men’s children, even when the biological fathers are also involved in the child’s life.

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In the meantime, he’s dismissing the assertion that absentee fathers are contributing to the number of errant boys gravitating towards violence and criminality.

Dr. Gayle says girls are more affected by absentee fathers than boys are.

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