WHAT IS THE STATE OF
FATHERHOOD IN THE U.S.?

MEN'S CAREGIVING

Over the past 30 years, American fathers have increased the time they spend with their children during the workday by 65% on average


SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLDS

As many as 50% of all children in the U.S. spend some portion of their childhood years living in single-parent households


WORK-LIFE BALANCE

The majority of parents (63%) who work full time (35-40 hours a week), and nearly three quarters (73%) of those who work more than 40 hours a week at all their jobs feel that they do not spend enough time with their children


INCARCERATED PARENTS

Nearly 10% of children in the U.S. under the age of 18 have a parent who is either currently incarcerated or who has ever been incarcerated


GENDER ROLES

While 74% of men agreed that men should earn money and women should take care of the home and family in 1977, only 40% of men agreed in 2008


MEN AS PROVIDERS

64% of all Americans surveyed still agree or strongly agree with the idea that the father should be a financial provider for his family even if he is also engaged in a caregiving role


FATHERS’ IMPACT

Fathers’ taking 40% or more of the caregiving responsibility in the family is associated with positive outcomes in children’s test scores and cognitive achievement


WORK-LIFE STRESS

While only 35% of fathers in dual-earner families reported work-life conflict in 1977, 60% did so in 2008