Growing Up Without a Father Essay

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Scott Rangel Professor Sigauke English Writing 302 11 April 2011 Daddy-less and Disadvantaged “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.” --Sigmund Freud, Standard Edition, 1956 Growing up without a father or strong male role model in the United States is extremely difficult. Fatherless children are disadvantaged in American society and face a greater struggle to become successful in their personal, educational, and professional lives. The decline of fatherhood in one of the most unexpected and extraordinary trends of our time. Its dimensions can be captured in a single statistic: In just three decades, between 1960 and 1990, the percentage of children living apart from their…show more content…
Department of Health and Human Services). My mother was a single when she gave birth to me and, just as the statistics suggest, I was born with a very low weight; just barely four pounds. A study on nearly 6,000 children found that children from single parent homes had more physical and mental health problems than children who lived with two married parents. Additionally, boys in single parent homes were found to have more illness than girls in single-parent homes (Hong). Furthermore, three out of four teenage suicides occur in households where a parent has been absent (Elshtain). This is a disturbing number and should not be taken lightly. (Chapin) Education is greatly impacted among children with mothers only. In studies involving over 25,000 children using nationally representative data sets, children who lived with only their mother had lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, poor attendance records, and much higher drop-out rates than students who lived with both parents (McLanahan). McLanahan also states in her book that fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school. These figures all lead to the most important statistic—children without fathers are five times less likely to attend college (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). This stems from a few factors including financial
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