The Importance of Fathers

Boys from a fatherless home are:

  • 85% of all children who exhibit behavioral disorders are from fatherless homes.
  • 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.
  • Nearly 75% of children living in one parent families will experience poverty before they turn eleven, compared with 20% of two parent families.

  • Children from single parent families suffer more psychiatric illness.

  • These figures await further verification from future research. They need have only a grain of truth in them, however, to be highly disturbing.

    Source: Rex McCann On their own: Boys growing up underfathered Finch Publishing, Sydney, 2000, page 47, 48