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Thomas 1 Lauren Thomas Sociology 305 Professor Saucier October 3, 2008 The affect of fatherless families on families and society Every year in the month of June many get the chance to celebrate one of the most important men in our lives – our dads, daddies, fathers, or whatever our affectionate term one may use. Father’s Day is a great day to reflect on the importance of fathers but many families in America don’t celebrate this holiday because the father figure in their family is absent. In 2003, 26% of American households were headed by single mothers (Paige, 1). This number continues to rise, leading many people to ponder the effects of growing up without a father on children. It is immediately necessary to point out that the effects of being raised without a father are contingent upon the conditions leading up to becoming fatherless. "Why is the father absent?" is a critical question that influences how boys are impacted by not having a father. Perhaps the mother was raped or was promiscuous and thus does not know who the father is. Another possibility is that the father is in prison or abandoned the family for some other reason. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father and nearly 20 million children (27 percent) live in single-parent home. research shows that most problems related to being raised in single-parent households are not isolated to just boys or just girls. In other words, most of the effects of being raised without a father are gender universal (Paige,1). Children/families who have no father in their family are at risk for having drinking and drug use problem, engaging in earlier
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Thomas 2 sexual activity, experience poverty, greater emotional and behavior problems, be convicted of a crime, are less likely to excel in school and are more likely to be victims of abuse. Studies on parent-child relationships and child wellbeing show that father love is an important factor in predicting the social, emotional, and cognitive development and functioning of children and young adults. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers. The absence of the father in the home affects the behavior of children significantly and as a result they tend to have a greater risk of abusing alcohol and drugs in their lifetime than their peers. The increase number of fatherless families can lead to a growing number of alcoholics and drug addicts in society. A growing number of alcoholics and drug addicts is never good in a society because they not only effect the addict and his or her loved ones, but also society at large with rippling effects from costs of treatment to addicts to homicides or deaths related to drugs and alcohol. Not every
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