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. Bringing the discussion to the table on national, state and local levels will change the social safety net for our children.