Why Dads Are Important
1. School Achievement. Grades are better when dd is around.
2. The 3 Rs. The more involved his dad is, the more significant the boy's increase in verbal intelligence and the better both boys' and girls' math and quantitative abilities are.
3. School Dropout Rates. The more years children spend with no or minimal father involvement, the fewer years of school they complete.
4. Employment. While boys from two-parent homes are two times more likely to be employed as young adults.
5. Suicide. Living in a home without a dad correlates more with suicide among children and teenagers than any other factor.
6. Drugs. Father involvement is at least five times more important in preventing drugs than any other influence. In addition, it is a more potent determining factor than the child's gender, ethnicity, or social class.
7. Homelessness. Around 90 percent of runaways and homeless youths are from fatherless homes.
8. Bullying. The American Psychological Association found in its 153 studies that father absence predicts the profile of both the bully and the bullied: poor self-esteem, poor grades, and poor social skills.
9. Victimization. Children between ten and seventeen living without their biological dad were likelier to be victims of child abuse, significant violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
10. Violent Crimes. Every 1 percent increase in fatherlessness in a neighborhood predicts a 3 percent increase in adolescent violence.
11. Rape. Among rapists specifically assessed as raping out of anger or rage, 85percent came from father-absent homes.
12. Power and Mobility. Children born poor and raised by both married parents have an 80 percent chance of moving into the middle class or above; conversely, children born into the middle class and raised without a married dad were almost four times more likely to end up less fortunate.
13. Trust. The more contact children have with their dads, the more quickly they make open, receptive, and trusting contact with new people in their lives.
14. Empathy. The amount of time a father spends with a child is one of the strongest predictors of the child’s ability to empathize in adulthood.