Nearly 64 percent (63.8 percent) of New Jersey’s African-American children live in single-parent homes, an indicator of the typically poor health outcomes of this population.
Latino children don’t fare much better; 46 percent live in single-parent households. The rate for white children is 17.4 percent.
In its push to improve the nation’s wellbeing by creating a “culture of health,” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has begun looking at statistics like these that are social determinants of health. The foundation points to studies that show single-parent households have fewer resources and less stability, which results in poorer health outcomes for children.
Despite the high number of single-parent households in New Jersey, the rate is even higher nationally. New Jersey’s overall rate of children in single-parent households is 29.7 percent. Nationally, it is 35.3 percent. For African-Americans, the rate is 66.87 percent.
What is different nationally is the rate of single-parent households for Latinos. As noted, in New Jersey it is 46 percent but nationally it is 41 percent. The rate is even higher in New York and Pennsylvania — 55 percent and 57 percent, respectively.