Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Time spent with parents

08/01/2004

In two-parent families, children under age 13 spent an average of 1 hour and 46 minutes engaged in activities with their fathers and 2 hours and 21 minutes doing so with their mothers on a daily basis in 1997. This was substantially more time than children in single-parent families spent with their fathers (25 minutes) and mothers (1 hour and 16 minutes). Note that children in both family types spent more time with their mothers than with their fathers. Also, the amount of time that children spent with either parent generally decreased with age. Nonresidential parents are not presented in this indicator.

Average amount of time children under age 13 are engaged in some activity
with parents per day, by family structure: 1997

Average amount of time children under age 13 are engaged in some activity with parents per day, by family structure: 1997. See text for explanation.

Source: Estimates supplied by J. Sandberg, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, based on data from the 1997 Panel Study of Income Dynamics - Child Development Supplement. As reported in Child Trends. (2002). Charting parenthood: A statistical portrait of fathers and mothers in America. Washington, DC: Author.

Table 7.
Average amount of time (in hours and minutes) per day that children under age
13 are engaged in some activity with parents, by selected characteristics: 1997
  Two-parent families Single-parent families
Fathers Mothers Fathers Mothers
Total 1:46 2:21 0:25 1:16
Race and Hispanic Origin(a)
  White, non-Hispanic 1:48 2:21 0:31 1:13
  Black, non-Hispanic 1:11 1:55 0:17 1:12
  Hispanic 1:46 2:32 0:32 2:09
  Other 2:06 2:33 0:24 1:06
Age of Child
  0-2 years 2:07 3:14 0:45 2:16
  3-5 years 1:53 2:29 0:24 1:34
  6-9 years 1:36 2:04 0:18 0:57
  10-12 years 1:30 1:45 0:20 0:44
a. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
Source: Estimates supplied by J. Sandberg, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, based on data from the 1997 Panel Study of Income Dynamics - Child Development Supplement. As reported in Child Trends. (2002). Charting parenthood: A statistical portrait of fathers and mothers in America. Washington, DC: Author.

 

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