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Infographics: fears and hopes of American parents

The main concerns and hopes of American parents, as well as their general views on raising children, in most cases vary significantly depending on the level of income in the family, the new report of the think-tank says Pew Research Center.

Parents who earn well are less afraid that their child will be attacked (38% rich, 55% poor) or that their child will get into trouble with the law (21% vs. 40%). Regardless of income level, parents are concerned that their children will develop alcohol/drug problems or experience teen pregnancy.


Children of low-income parents have seriously limited opportunities to enter a more secure environment. For example, wealthy parents (earning more than $75 per year per family) are twice as likely to rate their family's place of residence as “excellent” or “very good” than parents earning up to $30.

The survey of almost two thousand respondents, conducted in September-October 2015, was attended by American parents who have at least one child under 18 years.

Pew Research Center experts note that in 2014, only 62% of children live with two parents - and this is a historical minimum for the United States (data from the Census Center). The rates are lowest among black Americans (31% versus 54% of children who grow up with one parent).


In families with two parents, only every tenth American child lives below the poverty line. But in families with one breadwinner, this figure is three times worse (31%). Also, the poverty threshold cannot overcome 21% of children whose parents live in a civil marriage.

Along with the economic aspect, parental education is an important factor. For example, parents with higher education are much more likely to oppose excessive control over their children and much less often resort to assault.



Only 11% of mothers who graduated gave birth to a child out of marriage in 2014. At the same time, this indicator among women who graduated from school or did not receive secondary education at all is 54% and 59%, respectively.


At the same time, in families with two parents, mothers more often earn more dads. Over the past half century, this figure has increased almost four times.


What is almost complete unanimity among American parents is in relation to themselves. Almost everyone is sure that they are good or very good at raising children. Moreover, moms feel even more confident (51% moms are completely satisfied with themselves against 39% dads).

Typically, the youngest parents - millennials (the generation of those who became parents already in the 1961st century) are more satisfied with themselves than the parents of generation X (who were born during the demographic decline in the United States in 1975-XNUMX), which followed the period of the post-war baby -boom.


About a third of American parents lack the time they spend with their children, spouses and friends. The current state of affairs suits only 59% of the adult population with children up to 18 years.


Interestingly, it is more important for parents that their children grow up fair and responsive than financially independent and goal-oriented.


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