Without a Father

There is no question that children who grow up in fatherless homes have a much greater risk of major challenges in life than those who grow up with a father at home. These statistics are alarming and should give any father pause.

Incarceration Rates. “Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families…those boys whose fathers were absent from the household had double the odds of being incarcerated — even when other factors such as race, income, parent education and urban residence were held constant.” (Cynthia Harper of the University of Pennsylvania and Sara S. McLanahan of Princeton University cited in “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.”

Suicide. 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes

Behavioral Disorders. 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes

High School Dropouts. 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes

Educational Attainment. Kids living in single-parent homes or in step-families report lower educational expectations on the part of their parents, less parental monitoring of school work, and less overall social supervision than children from intact families.

Juvenile Detention Rates. 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes

Confused Identities. Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.

Aggression. In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.”

Achievement. Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes.

Delinquency. Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contract, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married.

Criminal Activity. The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised without a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-parent families.

A Must See Film by Gordon Pictures

without a father

Synopsis

Joshua Taylor and Christopher Bauman are two young boys from separate worlds whose lives are thrust together and forever altered in an unexpected tragedy. As Lucille Bauman raises the boys, major problems arise in the family. A devastating decision is made that changes the course of the family forever. Years later, torn apart by anger, bitterness, and resentment, Joshua and Christoopher begin seeking to fill the empty, fatherless voids in their unfulfilled lives. Can reconciliation restore this family now? Or will it be too late?

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Article by Sister Laraine and About.com

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We pray the information listed has educated you on the effects of one parent homes without a father.  We pray families will work together to provide a nurturing environment for their children.  If you and your spouse can’t get along; please at least stay positive in the lives of your children. God bless you!

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