Parental Health Status

The physical and emotional health of a child’s parents can affect their ability to care for their child and can influence the health and well-being of the family as a whole. Among children who live with their mothers, the parents of 56.8 percent rated the mother's physical and emotional health as “excellent” or “very good.” Similarly, of children who live with their fathers, 62.0 percent reported that the fathers were in excellent or very good physical and emotional health.

The mothers of 64.0 percent of children and the fathers of 68.4 percent of children reported that their physical health is excellent or very good. The percentage of children whose parents’ mental or emotional health was reported to be excellent or very good is slightly higher: mothers of 71.6 percent of children and fathers of 77.4 percent of children reported excellent or very good mental health.