Friday, July 22, 2016

The Need For Fathers

Studies of crime indicate that one of the strongest predictions of crime is fatherless families.  Princeton University sociologist Sara McLanahan found in one study that boys raise outside of an intact nuclear family were more than twice as likely as other boys to end up in prison, even controlling for a range of social and economic factors.  Another review of the literature on delinquency and crime found that criminals come from broken homes at a disproportionate rate: 70 percent of juveniles in state reform schools, 72 percent of adolescent murderers, and 60 percent of rapists grew up in fatherless homes.

W. Bradford Wilcox, “Reconcilable Differences: What Social Sciences Show About the Complementarity of the Sexes and Parenting,” Touchstone 18, no. 9 (November 2005): 32,36.  Cited by Ryan T. Anderson, “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” pg.28

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