Monday, May 23, 2016

Absent Fathers

While the national poverty rate is 6 percent, the poverty rate for female-headed households is 30 percent.  Among black female-headed households, it jumps to 50 percent. ...

Fatherless children display more antisocial behavior, do worse in school, and are twice as likely to drop out than children from intact families.  They are more likely to use drugs and become sexually active at an early age.  Approximately 70 percent of juveniles who end up in long-term correctional facilities grew up without a father at home.

Even health rates are affected.  A study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that after controlling for age, sex, race, and socioeconomic status, children from broken families are twenty to forty times more likely to suffer health problems than children living with both parents.

A Dangerous Grace, by Chuck Colson with Nancy R. Pearcy, p.195-196

This book was copyrighted in 1994, and I daresay the statistics are most likely worse today, since our educational system and the entertainment media do everything they can to encourage young people to become sexually active outside of marriage, which very often leads to children without fathers.  Additionally, the media preaches marriage as something less than binding until “death do us part,” which encourages extra-marital relations and the destruction of the family unit.  With the push for same-sex marriage, the institution of marriage itself is seen as something that can be twisted into just about any relationship one desires, eliminating the need for family unity.

It’s a very upside down world where fathers are given no impetus to be a part of their children’s lives.

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