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, 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.

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  1. by Nick Shell

    On June 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing. This is valuable information and I will definitely be hyper-linking it into my next post on The Dadabase. This verifies what I already had a feeling about: It really is true that dads are more involved and active than they used to be. Good news!

  2. by Daddy by Default

    On June 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Is this a serious study? There are two types of dads, those present and those not present? Good to know we still can’t be in two places at one time. Also fathers who live at home and fathers who live outside the home have increased over the last 50 years? Well, since population has increased over 50 years, it makes sense doesn’t it.
    Education, income and race determine fatherhood patterns? Thanks for a useless study Pew and Genius. (read sarcasm).

  3. by Phil

    On June 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    There are billions of different types of dads, some of which haven’t even been defined yet.

    When defining “fatherhood,” however, I would just remove the completely non-existent deadbeats from the list. They aren’t fathers, or dads or parents at all. They are simply sperm donors.

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