Absent Dads & Present Hardships
19.7 million children and teens in America—or 27%—are living without a father figure in the home. This includes biological, step, or adoptive fathers.1
Fathers play an important role in their children's lives. Since the 1990s, studies have consistently shown that children from fatherless homes are over-represented among high-school dropouts, pregnant teens, and suicidal teens. The vast majority of adult males who have committed violent crimes come from homes without a father figure. Girls without a father present or whose father is disengaged tend to take more sexual risks and become sexually active earlier.2
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has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.Get Salvo in your inbox! This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #47, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2023 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo47/fatherlessness