The Effect of all this
All of this court bias has a very real effect on society as a whole but, like so many
things it is difficult for us to precisely quantify those effects. Marriage has become
dangerous for men and during that time it has also become less common. There is an
increase in unmarried motherhood. This is, perhaps due to a variety of causes but
marriage being dangerous for men is hardly helping.
We have looked at the increase in physical danger to children when the natural father
is gone from the home. As a child grows up, coming from a fatherless home presents a
host of other difficulties.
[Excerpt from US House of Representatives written testimony of Richard Weiss and
William Wood re: HR1488. Hearing held March 16, 2000]
85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all God's Children.)
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
Thus children from fatherless homes are ;
5 times more likely to commit suicide.
32 times more likely to run away.
20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.
14 times more likely to commit rape
9 times more likely to drop out of high school.
10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances.
9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.
20 times more likely to end up in prison.
Source : "Crime Wave Forecast With Teenager Boom," San Francisco Chronicle (2/15/95).
Criminal behavior experts and social scientists are finding intriguing evidence
that the epidemic of youth violence and gangs is related to the breakdown of
the two-parent family.