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Effects of Fatherlessness (US Data)
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of having both parents involved in a child's
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1) BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS/
RUNAWAYS/ HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS/CHEMICAL
85% of all children that
exhibit behavioral disorders come from
fatherless homes (Source: Center for
90% of all homeless and
runaway children are from fatherless
homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S.,
Bureau of the Census)
71% of all high school
dropouts come from fatherless homes
(Source: National Principals
Association Report on the State of High
75% of all adolescent
patients in chemical abuse centers come
from fatherless homes (Source:
Rainbows for all God's Children.)
63% of youth suicides
are from fatherless homes (Source:
U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
2) JUVENILE DELINQUENCY/
80% of rapists motivated
with displaced anger come from
fatherless homes (Source: Criminal
Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26,
70% of juveniles in
state-operated institutions come from
fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of
Justice, Special Report, Sept
85% of all youths
sitting in prisons grew up in a
fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co.
Georgia jail populations, Texas
Dept. of Corrections 1992)
California has the
nation's highest juvenile incarceration
rate and the nation's highest juvenile
unemployment rate. Vincent Schiraldi,
Executive Director, Center on Juvenile
and Criminal Justice, "What Hallinan's
Victory Means," San Francisco
These statistics translate
to mean that children from a fatherless home
5 times more likely to
32 times more likely to
20 times more likely to
have behavioral disorders.
14 times more likely to
9 times more likely to
drop out of high school.
10 times more likely to
abuse chemical substances.
9 times more likely to
end up in a state-operated institution.
20 times more likely to
end up in prison.
Juveniles have become
the driving force behind the nation's
alarming increases in violent crime,
with juvenile arrests for murder, rape,
robbery and aggravated assault growing
sharply in the past decade as pistols
and drugs became more available, and
expected to continue at the same
alarming rate during the next decade.
"Justice Dept. Issues Scary Report on
Juvenile Crime," San Francisco
Chronicle (9/8/95). "Crime Wave
Forecast With Teenager Boom," San
Francisco Chronicle (2/15/95).
experts and social scientists are
finding intriguing evidence that the
epidemic of youth violence and gangs is
related to the breakdown of the
two-parent family. "New Evidence That
Quayle Was Right: Young Offenders Tell
What Went Wrong at Home," San
Francisco Chronicle (12/9/94).
3) TEENAGE PREGNANCY
"Daughters of single
parents are 53% more likely to marry as
teenagers, 164% more likely to have a
premarital birth, and 92% more likely to
dissolve their own marriages. All these
intergenerational consequences of single
motherhood increase the likelihood of
chronic welfare dependency." Barbara
Dafoe Whitehead, Atlantic Monthly (April
Daughters of single
parents are 2.1 times more likely to
have children during their teenage years
than are daughters from intact families.
The Good Family Man, David Blankenhorn.
71% of teenage
pregnancies are to children of single
parents. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human
4) CHILD ABUSE
The U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services states that
there were more than 1,000,000
documented child abuse cases in 1990. In
1983, it found that 60% of perpetrators
were women with sole custody. Shared
parenting can significantly reduce the
stress associated with sole custody, and
reduce the isolation of children in
abusive situations by allowing both
parents' to monitor the children's
health and welfare and to protect them.
"The National Fatherhood
Institute reports that 18 million
children live in single-parent homes.
Nearly 75% of American children living
in single-parent families will
experience poverty before they turn 11.
Only 20% in two-parent families will
experience poverty." Melinda Sacks,
"Fatherhood in the 90's: Kids of absent
fathers more "at risk"," San Jose
Mercury News (10/29/95).
"The feminization of
poverty is linked to the feminization of
custody, as well as linked to lower
earnings for women. Greater opportunity
for education and jobs through shared
parenting can help break the cycle."
David Levy, Ed., The Best Parent is Both
Family abductions were
163,200 compared to non-family
abductions of 200-300. The parental
abductions were attributed to the
parents' disenchantment with the legal
system. David Levy, Ed., The Best
Parent is Both Parents (1993),
citing a report from the U.S. Department
of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice