Sunday, October 02, 2005

 

Dads Count

The recent flurry of interest over the lack of males in college and graduating from college brought a commentor, Jacob, at Tech Central to raise this point: that virtually every kid he came across who had a father actively involved in his life was doing well. He saw them as better mannered, higher acheiving, happier, friendlier, etc. Jacob had ascertained through intelligent observation what most social scientists have proven through volumes of research.

Here are some sobering statistics that strongly support Jacob's observations:
Compared to children in male-headed traditional families where their
natural parents are married to each other, children living in
female-headed single-parent, lesbian or other environments where they are
deprived of their natural fathers are:

1. Eight times more likely to go to prison.
2. Five times more likely to commit suicide.
3. Twenty times more likely to have behavioral problems.
4. Twenty times more likely to become rapists.
5. 32 times more likely to run away.
6. Ten times more likely to abuse chemical substances.
7. Nine times more likely to drop out of high school.
8. 33 times more likely to be seriously abused.
9. 73 times more likely to be fatally abused.
10. One-tenth as likely to get A's in school.
11. On average have a 44% higher mortality rate.
12. On average have a 72% lower standard of living.

Source: "The Garbage Generation" by Daniel Amneus Ph.D.
Found here.

A characteristic of social statistics is that they can change over time. This is especially true if actions are taken to rectify destructive trends. Judging from the college enrollment and graduation statistics, we still have a way to go.

Here are some more sites that address the problems of fatherlessness.

Montana State University
fathermag.com
fathers.com
Myths and Facts About Fatherlessness
Fathers for Life

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