Parental Health Status
The physical and emotional health of a child's parents can affect their ability to care for their children and can influence the health and well-being of the family as a whole. Among children who live with their mothers, 56.9 percent of mothers rated both their physical and mental/emotional health as "excellent" or "very good." Similarly, of children who live with their fathers, the fathers of 62.7 percent were reported to be in excellent or very good physical and mental/emotional health.
The mothers of 64.7 percent of children reported that their physical health is excellent or very good, while 69.5 percent of children's fathers did so. The percentage of children whose parents' mental or emotional health was reported to be excellent or very good is slightly higher: mothers of 71.5 percent of children and fathers of 77.1 percent of children reported excellent or very good mental health.