New Study: Two Types of Fathers in America
A new study released by the Pew Research Center have found there are two dominant types of fathers in America: fathers who are actively involved in family life vs. fathers who are not because they live apart from the kids.
According to CNN.com, the Pew study found that today’s fathers are more active in their kids’ lives than 50 years ago, but fathers who live outside the household have also more than doubled since the 60s. Those who live with their families are more in tune with their kids, with 93% talking to their kids a few times a week, over 50% transporting their kids to activities, and 9 out of 10 eating a few weekly meals together.
Education, income, and race are still factors that determine fatherhood – white fathers with higher education and incomes usually lived with their familes. Only 21% lived apart. Even though 44% of African-American fathers lived apart from the family, they were still the most active group of fathers who lived outside.
Another Pew survey revealed that 69% of the survey takers believe fathers living in the house contribute to a child’s happiness. Not surprisingly, it’s important for fathers to be actively involved with their families, no matter if they’re living inside the house or not.