The Effects of a Fatherless Childhood on Women

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Airleka Dokes February 18, 2011 Composition 101 The Effects of a Fatherless Childhood on Women In American culture, children without fathers in their lives are five times more likely to end up in prison. In African culture, children are more likely to run away from home or live on the street or live with relatives. Mexican children are more likely to be exposed to juvenile delinquency and substance use. Since 1960 till date, the number of African and American children without fathers has quadruped, from 6 million to more than 24 million. The main reason families suffer is because fathers are absent and their absence impacts the crucial development of their sons and daughters. They are as much critical to their daughters as well as their mothers too. Studies show that fathers are the primary and most valuable support persons for the mother during pregnancy and childbirth (Heins, 2007). Common to every culture, fathers are absent because they want nothing to do with their child/children. Some are absent because they are in jail, prison or incarcerated. Others are absent because they disappeared for no reason. While some are absent because they are involved in a job or military assignment. Other forms of absence include: divorce, death and abandonment. Research indicates that tens of millions of American fathers struggle as adult parents because they lacked a model of effective fathering in their own lives. Men who experienced this form of parental neglect from their own families of origin often times becomes emotionally and physically absent to their own families formed through marriage. Demographic studies on father’s absence and divorce indicate that children growing up without fathers seemed to have problems in the areas of sex-role and gender-identity development, school
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