The point about “fathers in the home” is a good one. Is it better to have a father in the home who is not present or involved, just for the sake of having a man in the house? Adding a man to the mix is not necessarily the solution but it does help stabilize the family unit in a way a broken home does not.
According to Children-our investment.org, homes without fathers ultimately affect children in numerous tragic ways:
- 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
- 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 85 percent of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
- 80 percent of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
- 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
- 75 percent of all adolescent patients in chemical-abuse centers come from fatherless homes
- 85 percent of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes
These statistics apply to African-American homes in disproportionate numbers. Compared with the 72 percent in our communities, 17 percent of Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 percent of Hispanics and 66 percent of Native Americans were born to unwed mothers in 2008, the most recent year for which government figures are available. The rate for the overall U.S. population was 41 percent.
What do you think about this topic? Do you think if we fixed homes without a father presence things would be different? Share your thoughts below.
H/T – WAAR TV