The socio-psychological impact 

Absent Fathers

In the UK

Nearly one million children are growing up without any meaningful contact with their fathers. The proportion of single parent households has tripled in the past 30 years.

  • Around 5% of men have a non-resident dependent child – around 1 million fathers.

  • Family breakdown costs the UK some £50 billion a year – more than the defence budget.

  • Black Caribbean fathers are the most likely to report not living with their children (32%), followed by mixed race fathers (21%) and Black African fathers (19%) Of fathers who don’t live with their children, 13% have no contact

In the US

  • Nearly 25 million children live without their biological father

Crime
 

  • 70% of adolescents in youth custody come from fatherless homes

  • 60% of rapists are raised in fatherless homes

  • Fatherless children are 11 times more likely to show violent behaviour

  • And are 20 times more likely to go to prison (National Centre for Fathering. www.fathers.com)
     

Educational achievement

  • Fatherless children are more likely to score lower than the norm in reading and maths

  • They are 9 times more likely to drop out of school

  • They are less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.

Physical & emotional health
 

  • 80% of adolescents in psychiatric hospitals come from fatherless homes

  • Fatherless children are 2 times more likely to commit suicide

  • They experience more accidents and a higher rate of chronic asthma, headaches and speech defects

  • Sexual activity and teen pregnancy

  • Children are 9 times more likely to be raped or sexually abused in a home without a biological father

  • 70% of teen pregnancies happen in fatherless homes

Poverty 

  • Fatherless children are 4 times more likely to be raised in poverty

  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are fatherless

Substance abuse

  • Fatherless children are 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances

  • 71% of all adolescent substances abusers come from a fatherless home
     

(National Centre for Fathering.  www.fathers.com)