DATA: Black Men | Fatherhood Statistics

Source: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Fathers’ Involvement With Their Children: United States, 2006–2010
by Jo Jones, Ph.D., and William D. Mosher, Ph.D., Division of Vital Statistics

All data on the above chart comes from a report by the CDC that measures fathers’ involvement with their children. The study was conducted because of evidence that children with an involved father have an increased chance of positive outcomes including academic success as well as lowering their likelihood of negative outcomes such as substance abuse. The results were released on December, 20, 2013. 

This report has given much needed insight into how fathers interact with their children and how often. One of the takeaways was that Black fathers who live away from their children had higher interaction with them in several activities than fathers of other races/ethnic backgrounds in similar living situations.

For the purposes of this chart has combined fathers who live with their children with those who do not in order to get more comparable numbers for all fathers and how they interact with their children in three of the ten categories.

What we found was that according to the report 57% of Black men ages 15-44 have children under 18, compared to 50% of all fathers in the same age group. A total of 58% of Black fathers live with one or more of their children which is considerably lower than 76% of all fathers in similar living situations.  About 73% of Black fathers bathed, diapered, or helped children dress, or use the toilet several times a week or more for their children who were 4 years old or younger compared to 81% of all fathers. Also 73% of Black fathers talked with their children (older than 5) about things that happened during the day several times a week or more compared to 77% of all fathers. This emphasizes the fact that a larger percent Black fathers who do not live with their children are more involved than most fathers in similar living arrangements. One of the topics that stand out was that Black fathers in general are a little more likely to help their children with homework than all fathers despite only 58% of Black fathers living with their children compared to 76% of all fathers.


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