ERIC Number: ED453351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun-15
Declining Share of Children Lived with Single Mothers in the Late 1990s: Substantial Differences by Race and Income.
Dupree, Allen; Primus, Wendell
Between 1995-2000, the proportion of children under age 18 years living with single mothers declined significantly, while the proportion of children living with two married parents (including stepparents) remained essentially unchanged. Both of these statistics are significantly different from the period a decade earlier. In both time periods, there was a small increase in the proportion of children living with cohabiting mothers, and the share of children living with single fathers increased slightly. Among low income children, the proportion of children living with two married parents declined, and the percentage of children living with single mothers increased, from 1985-90. There were substantial differences across racial and ethnic groups. In the late 1990s, the proportion of African-American children living with two married parents or cohabiting mothers increased substantially, while the proportion of those living with single mothers decreased. The proportion of Hispanic children living with single mothers fell significantly from 1995-00, while the proportion of white children living with married parents remained unchanged and the proportion of white children living with single mothers declined slightly. In current living situations, 78.2 percent of White children live with two married parents, compared to 66.2 percent of Hispanic and 38.9 percent of African-American children. (SM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Children, Family Structure, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Parents, Racial Differences, Whites
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC.