"Fatherlessness is the most harmful demographic trend of this generation. It is the leading cause of declining child well-being in our society. It is also the engine driving our most urgent social problems, from crime to adolescent pregnancy to child sexual abuse to domestic violence against women. Yet, despite its scale and social consequences, fatherlessness is a problem that is frequently ignored or denied."
(David Blankenhorn, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem (New York; HarperCollins, 1995,1)
Children from fatherless homes account for:
63 percent of youth suicide
75 percent of all adolescents in chemical abuse centers
70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions
85 percent of all youth who exhibit behavior disorders
90 percent of all homeless and runaway children
85 percent of all youths in prison are fatherless
More likely to experience major depression
2.5 times more likely to experience bi-polar disorder
4 times more likely to experience schizophrenia
5 times more likely to be poor
33 times more likely to be seriously abused requiring medical attentions
73 times more likely to be killed
The highest risk of being trafficked
In 1965 Senator Patrick Moynihan called attention to the dangers of boys growing up without a father given the increasing trend towards a fatherless society. He warned that unless something drastically changed our nation itself would descend into crime, violence, and anarchy. He quoted "A community that allows large numbers of young men to grow up in broken families dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship ship with male authority, never acquiring any expectations about the future- that community asks for and gets chaos."
Since that day the number of fatherless children has more than doubled.
("A Family Policy for the Nation," America 113 (September 18, 1965): 283)
In the last decade, Conservative estimates have American taxpayers spending 112 billion dollars annually on fatherlessness and single parent homes.