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SALT LAKE CITY — According to a survey released by Identigene last week, more than half of adults with paternity questions have resolved to address their question in 2012. Men with paternity questions are twice as likely (51%) than women (25%) to address paternity in 2012.
Overall, as many as 11% of adults have reported they have personally been in a situation where a paternity test was appropriate; and nearly 1-in-5 (18%) said that they or a close friend or family member have questioned paternity.
The research helped to confirm a seasonal sales trend identified by Identigene in its sales of Identigene DNA paternity test — each year the company experiences a spike in first-quarter sales, which the company attributes, in part, to New Year’s resolutions.
“The new year definitely seems to trigger many adults with paternity questions to take steps to address their question,” stated Steven Smith, executive director for Identigene.
Although the specific reasoning for paternity testing varies from person to person, the benefits of confirming paternity are multifaceted and far reaching. In the survey, 3-in-4 adults (77%) said they believe it’s important for a child to know his or her biological father.
From emotional and health benefits to financial welfare, paternity answers can have many important and positive impacts for children. “Knowledge is empowering,” Smith said. “It’s important for children and families to know the truth about paternity, as it can impact a child’s health, as well as their emotional health and well-being for years to come.”