The Decline Of The Demise Of Fatherhood

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The Decline of Fatherhood

The decline of fatherhood is the most basic, and unexpected social norm of our time. This major problem can be captured in a single statistic. In 30 years, from 1960 to 1990, the percentage of children living away from their biological father had doubled from 17% to 36%. At the turn of the century nearly 50% of children were living without their father in the household. Few researchers predicted this trend it is not widely talked about, but this simple fact has led to some of the biggest social problems that plague America today; crime and delinquency, teenage pregnancy, deteriorated educational achievement, depression, substance abuse, and children and women living in poverty. Even as calamity unfolds our views of fathers are changing. There is no doubt in anyone 's minds that mothers are an important factor to childhood development, but fathers? More and more people are asking the question whether fathers are necessary in the life of a child. Fatherhood is treated as if it is a social role that can be filled by others such as mothers, uncles, grandparents, stepfathers, etc. Today we will be looking at the effects of a fatherless home and child success. For the purposes of this paper we will be looking at specifically educational achievement and crime. We will be comparing rates of high school completion and dropouts in regards to educational achievement. For crime, we will look at the rates of incarceration for all crime.

Numerous studies have…

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