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PARENTING STATISTICS

There is no doubt as to the importance of Dads. Read through some of these statistics we have provided for you and find out just how incredibly important the Dad’s role is for children to grow up to be well-adjusted adults. Kids with involved Dads do far better in every single measurable category, compared to kids whose Dads are not involved. Kids need their Dads.

Children with involved Fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, better able to gain independence and their own identity, more likely to mature into compassionate adults, more likely to have a high self esteem, more sociable, more secure as infants, less likely to show signs of depression, less likely to commit suicide, more empathetic, boys have been shown to be less aggressive and adolescent girls are less likely to engage in sex.



63% of teen suicides come from fatherless homes. That’s 5 times the national average.


SOURCE: U.S. Dept of Health



90% of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes. That’s 32 times the national average.



80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes. 14 times the national average.


SOURCE: Justice and Behavior



85% of children with behavioral problems come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.


SOURCE: Center for Disease Control



71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 9 times the national average.


SOURCE: National Principals Association Report



75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. 10 times the national average.


SOURCE: Rainbow’s for all God’s Children



85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes. 20 times the national average.


SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Justice



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.



91% of 701 fathers surveyed by the University of Texas at Austin agreed that there is a “father-absence crisis in America.” What were the 4 major obstacles for fathers to overcome? 1) Work demands 2) The media 3) Pop Culture 4) Finances



Researchers of Columbia University found that children living in two-parent households with a poor relationship with their father are 68% more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs compared to all teens in two-parent households. Moreover, teens in single-mother households fared much worse. They had a 30% higher risk than those in all two-parent households.



“Without two parents, working together as a team, the child has more difficulty learning the combination of empathy, reciprocity, fairness and self-command that people ordinarily take for granted. If the child does not learn this at home, society will have to manage his behavior in some other way. He may have to be rehabilitated, incarcerated, or otherwise restrained. In this case, prisons will substitute for parents.”


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