Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Among white, black, and Hispanic men, more children means fewer partners

Turning again to the relationship between the number of female partners a man has and his total fertility, following are how things shake out by race. Ranges are shown for non-whites due to small sample sizes. Full data are available here.

Whites*
PartnersChildrenN
11.87507
21.74200
31.68211
41.48163
51.53213
61.43141
71.7957
81.3188
91.2124
101.60191
110.9213
121.6574
13.8211
141.6718
151.2793
16+1.40481

Blacks
PartnersChildrenN
12.6327
2-51.6984
6-101.8973
11-151.8020
16+1.66101

Hispanics**
PartnersChildrenN
11.6555
2-51.24113
6-101.5661
11-151.3826
16+1.2551

Asians^
PartnersChildrenN
11.3735
2-51.2138
6-102.009
11+2.0010

For whites, blacks, and Hispanics, the trend holds. Men who have only been with one woman are more likely to have more children with her than men who've been with multiple women are to have with all of those women combined. Asians cannot be said determinatively follow suit. The sample size is too small to put much stake in, although it trends the same way up to five partners, the only portion of the range approaching a useably-sized sample.

The fecundity of black men who've only had one partner stands out as being particularly high relative to the percentage of non-black men who've only had one. Considering the percentage^^ of men from each racial group who've only had a single partner helps clear up why that is the case. Black men are less likely than non-black men to have only had one female partner. The percentage of men in each racial group who've only had one partner:

Whites -- 20.4%
Blacks -- 8.9%
Hispanics -- 18.0%
Asians -- 38.7%

Left-handed black men and Republican black men are both more common than are black men who've stayed true to a single woman! Further, black men are more likely to have had 16 or more partners than they are to have only had one. This is not the case for whites, Hispanics, or Asians.

The rare black man who has only had one partner tends to hold more fundamentalist religious views than do black men who've had multiple partners. Among black men who've been true to a single woman, 79% describe the Bible as the "Word of God". Among all black respondents, only 52% of black men describe the Bible in this way.

Relatedly, for white, Hispanic, and Asian men, the mode (most frequently occuring) for total number of female partners is one. For black men, however, it is five.

I don't imagine any of these statistical descriptions unique to black men come as a surprise to most readers.

* Includes some percentage of Hispanics. I estimate that about 6% of those represented here are Hispanic based on the fact that just fewer than half of Hispanics in the US identify themselves as white when an "Other race" alternative is available, and that the time period included spans from 1972 to 2006, meaning Hispanics represent a smaller percentage of the GSS population than they represent in the US today.

** This classification is not based on racial-self identification. It is in response to the survey question "Are you Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino?"

^ Includes those who identified as their first race one of the following: Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Other Asian, or Native Hawaiian.

^^ Excluding those who are celibate or homosexual.

6 comments:

Jokah Macpherson said...

Whites are twice as monogamous as blacks and asians are twice as monogamous as whites? That's a pretty politically incorrect post.

It occurred to me that this could explain agnostic's assertion that generations are becoming less and less slutty if the monogamous folks are the ones having all the kids.

Audacious Epigone said...

Jokah,

Politically incorrect, of course. But Rushton has been providing evidence for that first paragraph for two decades.

Yes, this meshes with one of Agnostic's continual themes, which he describes as needling social conservatives by pointing out that the youth of today are not swimming in a moral cesspool, but are in many ways more 'upright' than their parents were.

Anonymous said...

Science is not a courtesan for pleasure but a spouse for fruit.

Gruntled said...

What happens to the racial differences when you control for the marital status of the respondents' parents? Is the racial gap mostly a reflection in the next generation of the well-known marriage gap between African-Americans and everyone else?

Audacious Epigone said...

Gruntled,

There is one question about why respondents didn't live with both parents growing up, but the crosstab sample is too small for blacks (an N of only 47 for the entire GSS history).

Anonymous said...

Lots of Asians, especially Indians, had arranged marriages and no dating.