NIH Study: Single-Parent Households Detrimental to Health of Black Males

Tony Lee, Breitbart, December 27, 2013

A study by the National Institutes of Health has found that African-American men who grew up in single-parent homes are more likely to have health problems stemming from high blood pressure than African-American men who grew up in two-parent households.

Nearly 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock, according to government statistics.

Researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) “analyzed blood pressure rates and the incidence of hypertension, a persistent state of high blood pressure, in a group of 515 African-American men enrolled in the Howard University Family Study (HUFS).” The findings were reported in the Dec. 12, 2013 issue of the journal Hypertension, and is “the first study of an African-American population to document an association between childhood family living arrangements and blood pressure.”

“Being raised by a single parent really puts kids at a disadvantage in terms of resources that would be available to them,” Charles Rotimi, the study’s co-author, said. “Our study is not an indictment of single-parent homes. Single parents, however, may struggle more to keep things together, and this may be impacting children in ways that later manifest as adult onset diseases.”

According to the study, “African-American men who grew up in a household with both parents had a significantly lower blood pressure as adults compared to African-American men who grew up in a household with a single parent, regardless of whether the parent was a mother or father.” Furthermore, the “researchers saw the most positive health effects in men who lived with both parents for one to 12 years,” with this group having a “46 percent lower chance of being diagnosed with hypertension compared to adults who for those years were raised by a single parent.”


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  • Not even any lame attempt to explain why single parent households are the supposed cause and high blood pressure is the effect? Because that’s what they want us to think.

    I happen to think that single parent households among blacks and high blood pressure among blacks are both effects to a single underlying cause.

    • Chili Cheese Fritos and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I do too. The blacks born in two parent households probably have better blood pressure for genetic reasons, not environmental ones. And the genetics of black parents who are inclined to marry before having children are probably different from those of black parents who think having children out of wedlock is perfectly acceptable,

  • MekongDelta69

    Q. What’s the most unknown holiday among blacks?
    A. Father’s Day, of course.


    • IstvanIN

      Moldy oldy but still true.

    • Katherine McChesney

      They come out of the woodwork whenever the baby mammas get their food stamps and welfare checks. I learned this while working for a black corporation in the 90’s.

    • JohnEngelman

      Many times the mothers of black children are not sure who the fathers are.

  • borogirl54

    There is a lot more pressure in a single parent household than a two parent family. The majority of black single mothers work in low wage jobs or are on welfare. Kids are often worry about going hungry or being homeless.

    • Shawn_thefemale

      Those black single babymamas create their own pressure. There’s a drug store on every corner and free birth control in every county. They need to quit dropping their parachute-sized drawers for every Quantravious they see. Squirting out future inmates yearly is a paid occupation for them.

      • IstvanIN

        You want them to quit the only job they know?

    • JohnEngelman

      Is that our fault?

    • Actually if they work, it is most likely at a low wage job, and they are still on welfare. Most of the black girls at my local supermarket have EBT cards.

  • 1stworlder

    Really its not just that their kidneys evolved to retain more salt making them the only ones that need a glomerular filtration rate to be calculated differently.

    • Actually their kidneys didn’t evolve, and that is why they sweat urine. blacks never learned food preservation, so never had salt in diet.

  • Luca

    The following all come from single parent (mother) homes:

    70% of juvenile inmates serving long term sentences
    72% of juvenile murders
    60% of rapists
    70% of teenage births, drop outs and runaways.
    63% of teen suicides
    80% of all prison inmates.

    And all they could write about was high blood pressure?

    BTW…72% of all black births are to unwed mothers. Anyone see a correlation here?

    • Katherine McChesney

      63% of teen suicides

      This part is distressing. Having no hope, courtesy of the unwed parents of the criminal race.

      • Actually it is depessing because suicide is not a black thing.

    • Fathercoughlin

      No not really. If the black male was somehow made to stay with the family,all hell would break out. Sexual assault,violence.abuse. The buck is sent away for a reason.Its called safety.The female may have a male to protect her and help her,but its not the sexual partner!

  • LeGrandDerangement

    “Our study is not an indictment of single-parent homes”… After sliding in the required non-judgemental disclaimer, he goes on to refute it with examples.

  • dd121

    Single parent black households have high blood pressure because, well, they’re black.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    The assertion that most blacks are raised by a single parent is blatantly false. They are not raised. They just grow up. And that single parent is hardly a parent; it is, figuring generously here, at most, 25% of a parent.

  • Spartacus


    • Whitetrashgang

      Where are the fat white woman and chickens?

      • Whitetrashgang

        Maybe the negrows already ate them?

  • Brian

    They don’t even make an attempt to think of correlative factors– like how dumb people are more likely to have poor diets and not exercise, and also are more likely to breed out of wedlock. But I suppose the cultural marxist agenda won’t promote itself!

  • JohnEngelman

    Single parent households are detrimental to children of all races.

  • Erasmus

    Maybe black women should learn to keep their legs together, instead of spreading them for every buck who buys them a happy meal.

    • Why should they bother? The taxpayers are being coerced into paying to insulate them from the consequences of their own irresponsible behavior, after all. LaTrine has kids with Shitavious, Darnell, N’DeShawn, and some other dudes that she “got wif” dat she don’ remember, while John and Jane have to work to pay taxes to pay for it.

  • You just reminded me I have to go to the grocery tonight. Tomorrow is Idiots Eve and Wednesday is the 1st of the month, and I do not ever shop on the 1st or 2nd day of a month unless absolutely necessary – even the last day of the month can be bad if you go too late as they push their carts around and graze until the clock chimes 12 times.