The Need

There are far too many guys in our society, both young and old, going through life without being connected to a positive male or group that will hold them accountable to the standards and principles that lead to greatness in life. 

The research was done among the approximately 5,000 children who were born between 1998 and 2000 and who are part of the federally-funded Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. The study was published in the journal “Pediatrics.”
For those children whose fathers either died or were incarcerated before they were 5 years old, the effects on their telomeres were most pronounced. Father loss negatively impacted the telomeres of boys 40 percent more than it did on the telomeres of girls.
The study “underscores the important role of fathers in the care and development of children and supplements evidence of the strong negative effects of parental incarceration,” the researchers said.
The authors of the study interviewed mothers and fathers when the children were born and subsequently when they were 1, 3, 5 and 9 years old. At age 9, the researchers collected DNA samples from the kids through their saliva; telomere length is often calculated this way.
Nine-year-old children with no dad in the home had telomeres that were 14 percent shorter than children with fathers.


Fatherless Children Statistics

The following are a few statistics that surround children from fatherless homes.

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US 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)
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
  • 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)

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