Why share this?
Because information empowers. For example, since the release of the first surgeon general’s report in 1964 relating diseases and death rates to smoking, the rate of smoking in the US has dropped to a third of what it was.
That’s because people are smart and seek the best for themselves and their children.
About the same time we tried a great social experiment in which the societal attitude toward sex, divorce and single mothers was changed under the guise of personal choice and freedom. We can now measure the results of that change.
Children growing up without fathers are more likely to
- Live in poverty 38.4% of single parents live in poverty compared to 7.2% for married couples with children
- Leave high school without graduating 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
- Be abused. Single mothers are twice as likely to abuse children as children living with both biological parents, with even higher rates for cohabitating couples living with non-biological children
- Become involved with crime, drugs and early sexual activity which perpetuates the problem
- Commit suicide 63% come from fatherless homes
A child is twice as likely to be a high achiever if s/he lives in a home with both of his/her biological parents.
The most stable and long lasting relationships are those that begin with marriage before the birth of a child. Cohabitating couples who are not married are twice as likely to break up before the child is five as those who are married.
So now you know. If you are a young, unmarried man or woman you have the information you need to make the best choice for yourself and your yet to be born children.
For many more facts and links to scientific studies check out these References:
The Father Factor