Charting Parenthood:
A Statistical Portrait of Fathers and Mothers in America

Produced by Child Trends
Tamara Halle, Ph.D., Project Director

With support from:
The Ford Foundation
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
The Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The NICHD Family and Child Well-being Research Network

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Index of Tables


Parenting Section

Attitudes Towards Parenting

Parenting Practices

Closeness and Conflict between Parents and Children

Child Care and Other Activities with Children

Parenting and School

Nonresidential Parenting

Parental Income

Family Formation Section

Fertility Section


Sexual Activity

Contraception and Abortion


Index of Data Tables

Parenting Tables

Family Formation Data Tables

Fertility Data Tables


Project Management at Child Trends
Brett Brown, Co-Principal Investigator
Tamara Halle, Project Director
Susan Jekielek, Task Leader: Family Formation
Akemi Kinukawa, Task Leader: Fertility
Erik Michelsen, Task Leader: Parenting
Kristin A. Moore, Co-Principal Investigator
Contributing Child Trends Staff
Sharon Bzostek
Julia Calkins
Stephanie Cochran
Anne Driscoll
Carol Emig
Sarah Garrett
Angela D. Greene
Justin Jager
Amanda Kellar
Rachel King
Thomson Ling
Laura Lippman
Cristina Lizarazu
Melissa Long
Jennifer Manlove
Eric Moore
Angela R. Papillo
Lindsay Pitzer
Suzanne Ryan
Juliet Scarpa
Berkeley Smith
Elizabeth Terry-Humen
Sharon Vandivere
Private Data Providers
Randal Day, Brigham Young University
Sue Eshleman, S. Eshleman Systems Management
Gary Gates, The Urban Institute
Kathleen Harris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland
Edward Laumann, University of Chicago
John Sandberg, Population Studies Center,
  Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Tom Smith, National Opinion Research Center
Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire
Freya Sonenstein, The Urban Institute
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
Child Trends thanks the member agencies for providing funds and
technical support for the production of this report.
The following staff are particularly to be thanked.
Department of Health and Human Services
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Joyce Abma
Deborah Blackwell
Matthew Bramlett
Anjani Chandra
William Mosher
Deborah Rose
Paul Sutton
Stephanie Ventura
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health
Chris Bachrach
Natasha Cabrera
Lynne Casper
Jeffery Evans
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Julia Isaacs
Linda Mellgren
Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families
Ivelisse Martinez-Beck
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Thesia Garner
David Johnson
National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
Patrick Rooney
Jerry West
National Institute of Justice, Office of Research and Evaluation
Shelly Jackson
Cynthia Mamalian
Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
Jason Fields
Timothy Grall
Robert Kominski

Child Trends would like to recognize the funders and our federal and private colleagues for their sizeable contributions to this effort. Child Trends is solely responsible, however, for the content and accuracy of the report.

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Last updated: 06/09/06