“Patience, my daughter, learn patience, and life will be easier.”
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Mark 5:34 NRSV
ADVERSE OUTCOMES FROM THE CURRENT
In the United States, the number of single-parent households peaked in recent decades. Children in single-parent households experienced more physical and psychological problems than those who grew up in two-parent families. The implications of homes in which the father is absent must be critically distinguished. What default future would the current on fatherlessness create?
Honestly and courageously, answering this question allows us to swim away from the current. Let’s talk about 10 adverse outcomes associated with homes missing a father.
The statistics for fatherless children in the country have already reached a concerning level. However, it is becoming a norm because many children are growing up without a father. Problems from fatherlessness have been found to extend into adolescence and adulthood, including the increased risk of substance use, depression, suicide, poor school performance, and contact with criminal justice.
Nevertheless, the adverse outcomes that may result from the absence of a father in a child’s life can be based on the following:
- perceived abandonment
- attachment issues
- child abuse
- childhood obesity
- criminal justice involvement
- gang involvement
- mental health issues
- poor school performance
- poverty and homelessness
- substance abuse.
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