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Households Without Dads

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)
  • 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.)
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all God`s Children.)
  • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)
  • 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992

AT RISK

Many people believe that fatherlessness is related to delinquency and violence, and the weight of research evidence supports this belief.

Having a father at home is no guarantee that a youngster won't commit a crime, but it appears to be an excellent form of prevention.

Research shows that:

  • 60 percent of America's rapists came from fatherless homes.
  • 72 percent of adolescent murderers grew up without a father.
  • 70 percent of long-term prison inmates are fatherless
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