There are two ways to measure power. One is to see it at work (a weightlifter breaking a world record, a rocket launching into space, an Indy race car speeding down the final stretch). Another way to measure power is to observe it’s absence. Some studies reveal that 1/3 of all children in the U.S.A. are being raised in a home where there is NO father.
“Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families…those boys whose fathers were absent from the household had double the odds of being incarcerated- even when other factors such as race, income, parent education and urban residence were held constant.” (Cynthia Harper of the University of Pennsylvania and Sara S. McLanahan of Princeton University cited in “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (Sept. 2004).
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes- 10 times the average.
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (U.S. Dept. Of Health/Census)- 5 times the average.
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes- 32 times the average.
85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes- 20 times the average (Center for Disease Control).
80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes- 14 times the average (Justice & Behavior, Vol. 14, p. 403-26).
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes- 9 times the average (National Principals Association Report).
The Father Factor in Education:
Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
Children with fathers who are involved are:
- 40% less likely to repeat a grade.
- 70% less likely to drop out of school.
- more likely to get A’s in school.
- more likely to enjoy school and engage in extracurricular activities.
- High School Dropouts. 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: What Can the Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities?)
- Educational Attainment. Kids living in single-parent homes or in step-families report lower educational expectations on the part of their parents, less parental monitoring of school work, and less overall social supervision than children from intact families. (N.M. Astore and S. McLanahan, American Sociological Review, No. 56.
Suicide: 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: What Can the Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities?)
Behavioral Disorders: 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: What Can the Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? )
Juvenile Detention Rates: 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: What Can the Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities?)
Confused Identities: Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely that those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.(P.L. Adams, J.R. Milner, and N.A. Schrepf, Fatherless Children, New York, Wiley Press).
Aggression: In a longitudinal study of 1,197 fourth-grade students, researchers observed “greater levels of aggression in boys from mother-only households than from boys in mother-father households.” (N. Vaden-Kierman, N. Ialongo, J. Pearson, and S. Kellam, “Household Family Structure and Children’s Aggressive Behavior: A Longitudinal Study of Urban Elementary School Children,” Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 23, no. 5).
Achievement: Children from low-income, two-parent families outperform students from high-income, single-parent homes. Almost twice as many high achievers come from two-parent homes as one-parent homes. (One-Parent Families and Their Children, Charles F. Kettering Foundation).
Delinquency: Only 13 percent of juvenile delinquents come from families in which the biological mother and father are married to each other. By contract, 33 percent have parents who are either divorced or separated and 44 percent have parents who were never married. (Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Social Services).
Criminal Activity: The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised without a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single-parent families. Source: A. Anne Hill, June O’Neill, Underclass Behaviors in the United States, CUNY, Baruch College.
A unique Swiss government study (presented in 2000) revealed:
If the mother & father attend church regularly:
33% of their children will end up attending church regularly
25% of their children will end up not attending at all
If mother attends church regularly & the father does not attend church at all:
2% of their children will end up attending church regularly
60% of their children will end up not attending at all
If the father attends church regularly & mother does not attend church at all:
44% of their children will end up attending church regularly
34% of their children will end up not attending at all. (NOTE: higher than if the mother and father both attend!)
Now look at the numbers from the survey released by the Baptist Press:
If the mother is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 17% probability that everyone in the household will follow.
If the father is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 93% probability that everyone in the household will follow!
God has given great power and influence to fathers. Dads, don’t squander it!
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