The statistic that no one is talking about is Fatherhood Involvement as a key to changing almost every facet of childhood development and outcomes. Consider the following. During the 1960's 90 percent of children came from 2 parent homes. Today, we have millions of children growing up in fatherless homes.
The social costs are dramatic. Without a fatherhood figure, consider the following statistics from the following reliable sources:
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)
Research on this matter is clear and conclusive. Fathers matter and impact childhood development. Bring the discussion to the table on a national, state and local level will change the social safety net for our children.