Children who come from fatherless homes are more likely to engage in dangerous behavior
*63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) — 5 times the average.
*90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes — 32 times the average.
*85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes — 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
*80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes — 14 times the average. (Justice and Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
*71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes — 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
*75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. (Rainbows for All God’s Children)
*70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
*85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes — 20 times the average. (Fulton Co. Dept. of Correction)
*Daughters of single parents without a Father involved are 53% more likely to marry as teenagers, 711% more likely to have children as teenagers, 164% more likely to have a pre-marital birth and 92% more likely to get divorced themselves. SOURCE: Morse, Jennifer Roback. “Parents or Prisons.” Policy Review, 2003
*Children with Fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school.
*SOURCE: National Household Education Survey
*Children with Fathers who are involved are 70% less likely to drop out of school.
*Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to get A’s in school.
*Children with Fathers who are involved are more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
*Even in high crime neighborhoods, 90% of children from stable 2 parent homes where the Father is involved do not become delinquents. SOURCE: Development and Psychopathology 1993
*Adolescent girls raised in a 2 parent home with involved Fathers are significantly less likely to be sexually active than girls raised without involved Fathers. SOURCE: Journal of Marriage and Family, 1994
“The research is absolutely clear… the one human being most capable of curbing the antisocial aggression of a boy is his biological father.” SOURCE: California-based Forensic Psychologist Shawn Johnston, as quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, March 29, 1998
A survey of 720 teenage girls found: 97% of girls said that having parents they could talk to helped reduce teen pregnancy. 93% said having loving parents reduced the risk of teen pregnancy. 76% said that their fathers were very influential on their decision to have sex. SOURCE: Clements, Mark. Parade. February 2, 1997
According to a Gallup Poll, 90.9 percent of Americans feel “it is important for children to live in a home with both their mother and father.” SOURCE: Gallop Poll, 1996. National Center for Fathering. “Father Figures.” Today’s Father, 4.1 (1996): 8