Cosby appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor Alvin Poussaint -- with whom he co-authored the new book "Come On, People, on the Path from Victims to Victors." The Emmy-winning comedian said children in single-parent homes often don't get the guidance they need.
"If you have this as generational, fatherless situation -- unwed father or whatever -- but the male is not there, then it registers on another person -- on the child -- as abandonment," Cosby said.
One-quarter of black American males reportedly are under the supervision of the U.S. criminal justice system.
Poussaint said many U.S. fathers "don't even know what to do as a father because many of them grew up in homes that were fatherless."
"I think a lot of these males kind of have a father hunger, and actually grieve that they don't have a father," said Poussaint. "I think, later, a lot of that turns into anger -- why aren't you with me?"