Emotional Support for Parenting

Parents of American Indian/Alaska Native children most likely to report having day to day emotional support for parenting.


In a 2016-2017 survey of King County households with children ages 6 months to 10 years old, 75% of parents and caregivers reported that, during the past 12 months, they had someone to turn to for day-to-day emotional support with parenting or raising children.

  • Race and ethnicity: Parents of Asian (63%), Latino (60%), and Black (59%) children were less likely than parents of multiple-race (82%), American Indian/Alaska Native (94%), white (83%), or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (90%) children to report having emotional support with parenting.

  • Income: Parents with household income below $50,000 were less likely to report having emotional support than parents in households with income at or above $50,000.

  • Place: Seattle respondents were more likely than those in the East and South regions to report emotional support for parenting (85%).  

  • Language: Parents in households in which the primary languages spoken were Chinese (51%), Russian (47%), Somali (55%), and Spanish (35%) were less likely than those in English-speaking households (87%) to report having someone they could turn to for emotional support.

  • Education: Parents with less than a high school education were least likely (43%) to report having emotional support with parenting, while parents with a college degree were most likely to (86%) to have support.

  • Gender: Male respondents were less likely than female respondents to report having emotional support for parenting.

We are currently working with community members on interpreting this data, so please stay tuned for updates and new insights.  

For more data on King County families from the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey, click on the Related Data tab above and select an indicator from the dropdown menu. 


Notes & Sources

Source: Best Starts for Kids Health Survey (BSKHS), 2017.