Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Contact with nonresident parents

08/01/2004

Overall, 60 percent of children from non-intact families had some contact with their nonresident fathers and 78 percent had contact with their nonresident mothers in 1997. Children living with a parent with higher levels of education were more likely to have had contact with their nonresident parent. Seventy-four percent of children whose resident mother had a college degree had contact with their nonresident father in the previous year, compared with 44 percent of children whose mothers had less than a high school degree. Likewise, 88 percent of children whose resident father had graduated college had contact with their nonresident mother, compared with 69 percent of those living with fathers who had not graduated from high school.

Percentage of children with any contact with nonresident parent in the previous year, by educational attainment of resident parent: 1997
Percentage of children with any contact with nonresident parent in the previous year, by educational attainment of resident parent: 1997. See text for explanation.

Source: Estimates calculated by Child Trends based on analyses of the 1998 April Supplement of the Current Population Survey. As reported in Child Trends. (2002). Charting parenthood: A statistical portrait of fathers and mothers in America. Washington, DC: Author.

  Contact with nonresident father Contact with nonresident mother
Table 8.
Percentage of children with any contact a with nonresident parent in the previous year,
by selected characteristics, as reported by resident parent: 1997 (b,c)
Total 60 78
Race and Hispanic Origin (d)
  White, non-Hispanic 68 81
  Black, non-Hispanic 51 70
  Hispanic 48 63
  Asian/Pacific Islander 53 *
  American Indian/Alaskan Native 50 *
Poverty Status
  Poor (0 to 99% poverty) 50 72
  Extreme poverty (at 50% or less) 47 69
  Nonpoor
  100% to 199% of poverty 58 70
  200% to 299% of poverty 66 77
  300% or more of poverty 71 84
Resident Parent's Highest Level of Education
  Less than high school 44 69
  High school graduate or equivalent 61 76
  Some college(e) 65 81
  College graduate 74 88
*. This information is not reported due to an insufficient number of cases.
a. "Contact" indicates that the child spent time with his/her nonresident father/mother on at least one day of the previous year.
b. All demographic characteristics (excluding income and poverty status) are as of March of the following year.
c. Estimates are calculated only for households with a child (under age 21) who lives with one biological parent and whose other parent is absent.
d. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
e. Some college includes vocational or technical school after high school, as well as college attendance.
Source: Child Trends' analysis of the 1998 April Supplement of the Current Population Survey. As reported in Child Trends. (2002). Charting Parenthood: A Statistical Portrait of Fathers and Mothers in America. Washington, DC: Author

 

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