Child Abuse 

There have been publications that linked the absence of fathers to higher risk conditions for mothers and their children. Fatherless children are more likely to be the victim of physical abuse and neglect than those who aren’t. Additionally, the absence of a father creates an increased psychological burden in the child, as they must make sense of why their father is not present. The kids can experience this burden beyond the child to alternative caregivers such as the child’s mother.

The needs of a child are hard to meet, even when the mother is very loving, committed, and caring if the father is absent. When children are surrounded by caring adults, such as the mother, extended family members, and community members, they are more likely to thrive and feel supported. If the mother is the only caregiver of the child, the mounting stress over the considerable parenthood responsibilities increases the risk of her harming her children or herself.  

Criminal Justice Involvement  

Powerful predictors of juvenile delinquency include family structure and the lack of parental involvement. When the biological father gives the child more time and opportunity to spend time with them, they are less likely to commit a crime or contact the juvenile justice system. In a study of female inmates, more than half of the respondents came from father-absent homes. Youths who never had a father living with them also had the highest incarceration rate. In contrast, kids in father-only households displayed no difference in the rate of incarceration from children coming from two-parent homes. Moreover, the father’s absence in a child’s life may also increase the odds of using illicit substances at a younger age or associating with delinquent peers.  

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