The State of Fathers in the State of Hawaii.

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Year Published
2015
Author (Individual)
Lewin-Bizan, Selva.
This report presents a snapshot of the state of fathers across the Hawai‘ian islands: their number, characteristics, and geographical distribution, the children they are fathering, and their families and households. Throughout the report, information about Hawai‘i’s population is compared to nationwide information highlighting differences and similarities. Data were derived from the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Censuses, the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-year sample, the Hawai‘i Homeless Management Information System, and the Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety. Findings indicate fathers in Hawai‘i are more likely than their counterparts in the nation as a whole to be part of a married-couple family, and less likely to be absent from the family; the rate of father absent family households in the state is 18.9%, while nationwide it is 24.1%; the largest racial/ethnic group of fathers in Hawai‘i is Asian or Pacific Islander, followed by White; within all racial groups, most fathers in Hawai‘i are married; 80% of fathers in Hawai‘i are employed, and only 3.1% are unemployed, however, the rate of fathers who are not in the labor force in the state (16.8%) is higher than nationwide (11.2%); a higher percentage of fathers in Hawai‘i have completed at least high school (96.5%) compared to nationwide (94.1%); and 14.6% of children live in households with an income below the poverty level (lower than the 20.8% nationwide). Two special populations of fathers addressed in this report are fathers who are involved in the criminal justice system, and fathers who are homeless. Findings indicate most pretrial inmates are single (2/3), about 1/3 of the single pre-trial inmates and about 2/3 of the married pre-trial inmates have children, and among all the homeless families in Hawai‘i, more than half are two-parent families (54.5%) and 40.2% are father-absent families. 16 references.

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