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
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|
|Race and Hispanic Origin (d)|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||50||*|
|Poor (0 to 99% poverty)||50||72|
|Extreme poverty (at 50% or less)||47||69|
|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|
|*. 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