7 Consequences of Fatherless Homes , 27 of the 26 deadliest mass shooters from fatherless homes
Much has been made this year of what can be done to stop school shootings. It is horrific when the news breaks that another madman has terrified a school and ruined the lives of many people. Of the 27 deadliest mass shootings 26 of the shooters were from fatherless homes. Many other bad consequences come from children not having a father to reach into their lives.
The first bad consequence of being from a fatherless home is poverty. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families. The poverty rate in fatherless homes is 4 times the rate in homes with both parents present.
Drug and alcohol abuse is the second unfavorable result of fatherless homes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states, “Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse.”
Physical and emotional health are greatly affected by being from a fatherless home. A study of 1,977 children age 3 and older living with a residential father or father figure found that children living with married biological parents had significantly fewer externalizing and internalizing behavioral problems than children living with at least one non-biological parent. And children from fatherless homes are twice as likely to commit suicide.
Educational achievement also suffers for children from fatherless homes. Children in grades 7-12 who have lived with at least one biological parent, youth that experienced divorce, separation, or nonunion birth reported lower grade point averages than those who have always lived with both biological parents.
Crime statistics are greatly impacted by being from a fatherless home. Adolescents living in intact families are less likely to engage in delinquency than their peers living in non-intact families. Compared to peers in intact families, adolescents in single-parent families and stepfamilies were more likely to engage in delinquency. This relationship appeared to be operating through differences in family processes—parental involvement, supervision, monitoring, and parentchild closeness—between intact and non-intact families.
Lastly sexual activity and teen pregnancy greatly increase by being from a fatherless home. A study using a sample of 1409 rural southern adolescents (851 females and 558 males) aged 11 – 18 years, investigated the correlation between father absence and self-reported sexual activity. The results revealed that adolescents in father-absence homes were more likely to report being sexually active compared to adolescents living with their fathers.
The destruction of the American family began with divorce and absentee fathers. Divorce has become prevalent in our society and the breakup of the American family has absolutely no positive results. So be grateful today if you father is part of your life and men step up to the plate and make an effort to be a part of your children’s lives. It could be a matter of life or death.