There was a time when fatherlessness was high on account of death. But: “A surprising suggestion emerging from recent social-science research,” Popenoe points out, “is that it is decidedly worse to a child to lose a father in the modern, voluntary way than through death. The children of divorced and never-married mothers are less successful by almost every measure than the children of widowed mothers … . And there is reason to believe that having an unmarried father is even worse for a child than having a divorced father.”
And the statistical analyses of the US data are showing that children from a fatherless home are:
20 times more likely to end up in prison;
32 times more likely to run away.
20 times more likely to have behavioural disorders.
14 times more likely to commit rape;
Nine times more likely to drop out of high school;
10 times more likely to abuse drugs;
Five times more likely to commit suicide;
Nine times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution;
Two times more likely to have children during their teenage years;
The litany of disaster continues in the US statistics:
85% of all children that exhibit behavioural disorders come from fatherless homes;
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes;
71% of all high-school dropouts come from fatherless homes;
71% of teenage pregnancies are to children of single parents, so the cycle continues;
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical-abuse centres come from fatherless homes;
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes;
80% of rapists come from fatherless homes;
70% of juveniles in state facilities come from fatherless homes;
85% of all incarcerated youths grew up in a fatherless home.
Edward Kruk, writing about father absence, father deficit and father hunger in
Psychology Today, produced his own list of woes from the literature:
Children without fathers actively in their lives have diminished self-concept, and compromised physical and emotional security. These children consistently report feeling abandoned when their fathers are not involved in their lives, struggling with their emotions and bouts of self-loathing. Children do not articulate well their feelings, perhaps because of cultural constraints against doing so, but there is no question that these feelings exist, and with devastating personal, social and economic consequences.
Kruk underlines the behavioural problems. Fatherless children have more difficulties with social adjustment, and are more likely to report problems with friendships, and manifest behaviour problems; many develop a swaggering, intimidating persona in an attempt to disguise their underlying fears, resentments, anxieties and unhappiness. Gangs and violence and the adoration of the gun as power spring out of this condition.
LITANY OF MISERY
Fatherless children show greater truancy from school and poorer academic performance. Some 71 per cent of high-school dropouts, Kruk points out, again, are fatherless. Fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills.
Fatherlessness is a driver for delinquency and youth crime, including violent crime, Kruk notes, with 85 per cent of youth in prison having an absent father.
Promiscuity and teen pregnancy are much worse for children without father presence. Fatherless children, Continued from F3
Kruk notes, are more likely to experience problems with sexual health, including a greater likelihood of having intercourse before the age of 16, foregoing contraception during first intercourse, becoming teenage parents, and contracting sexually transmitted infection.
Girls, in the language of psychology, manifest an object hunger for males, and in experiencing the emotional loss of their fathers egocentrically as a rejection of them become susceptible to exploitation by adult men.
And drug and alcohol abuse rises for fatherless children, who are much more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and abuse drugs in childhood and adulthood.
Somewhat surprisingly, fatherless children experience more exploitation and abuse. Fatherless children are at greater risk, Kruk says, of suffering physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, being five times more likely to have experienced physical abuse and emotional maltreatment, with a 100 times higher risk of fatal abuse. One study reported that preschoolers not living with both of their biological parents are 40 times more likely to be sexually abused.
Physical and mental health is affected negatively by fatherlessness. Fatherless children report significantly more psychosomatic health symptoms and illnesses such as acute and chronic pain, asthma, headaches, and stomach aches. Father-absent children are consistently over-represented on a wide range of mental-health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and suicide, and they even die younger, on average, Kruk shows. Fatherless children live an average of four years less over the lifespan!
Their life chances are poorer. As adults, fatherless children are more likely to experience unemployment, have low incomes, remain on social assistance, and experience homelessness.
And this terrible cycle tends to perpetuate itself as father-starved children have poorer and weaker relationships. Father-absent children tend to enter partnerships earlier, are more likely to divorce or dissolve their cohabiting unions, and are more likely to have children outside marriage or outside any stable partnership.
Even if there are mitigating factors like the celebrated grandma factor in our parenting, when these disastrous outcomes are transposed to the Jamaican situation where stable two-parent families with strong father presence have never been the norm, even without our own hard data, it is frighteningly clear that we are confronted with a major social disaster. Some of our biggest problems: crime, low educational performance, poor social relations, and, yes, weak economic performance have their roots in family structure.
As Popenoe puts it: “Men are not biologically attuned to being committed fathers. Left culturally unregulated, men’s sexual behaviour can be promiscuous, their paternity casual, their commitment to families weak. In recognition of this, cultures have used sanctions to bind men to their children, and of course the institution of marriage has been culture’s chief vehicle.
“Our experience in [contemporary] society shows what happens when such a sanction breaks down. The decline of fatherhood is a major force behind many of the most disturbing problems that plague us.”
The benefits of actively engaged fatherhood are not only for the children, Popenoe points out. “Child-rearing encourages men to develop those habits of character – including prudence, cooperativeness, honesty, trust and self-sacrifice – that can lead to achievement as an economic provider.”
And women benefit, too. Poor women and their children are more likely to escape poverty in a stable relationship with a man who is an active father of the children. “Just as it seems to play a role in assaults on children, the sociologist notes, fatherlessness appears to be a factor in generating more violence against women. Partly this is a matter of arithmetic. As the number of unattached males in the population goes up, so does the incidence of violence towards women,” the sociologist of fatherhood reasons.
- Jamaica 86%
What does this mean? Jamaica is the 5th most violent country, and the most violent Black Majority Country of the world. The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the country had at least 1,192 slayings in 2015, a roughly 20 percent increase from the previous year. There were 1,005 killings in 2014, the lowest annual total since 2003 in this country that has long struggled with violent crime.
Jamaica had about 45 slayings per 100,000 people in 2015, keeping it ranked among the most violent countries in the world. In recent years, the UN listed the island as having the world’s sixth-worst homicide rate. The World Bank ranked Jamaica in the top five in 2013.
By comparison, Chicago, which has roughly the same population as Jamaica at 2.7 million, had 468 killings in 2015.
2. Panama 80%
3. Black America 75%
The problem is with both black women and black men.
Men- They lack responsibility and initiative, so a lot of them know that they are going to be father they don’t own up to it, or they procrastinate on getting their life straight to where they can better provide for their child. Most of the time their goal is mainly to have as much sex with as much women as possible as well. I also know a lot of black girls who have no problem with having unprotected sex, even though they are not on birth control.
Women- A good bit of black women want a “thug”. They know that a “thug” would most than likely leave them once they get pregnant, yet that is what they want and they willingly have unprotected sex with these cats. They also know that the guys have no stable income and will probably not support for the child. Although they may encounter guys in their life who they know can provide for them, it does not matter, they want a “thug” and that is what they will chose these types of males over a guy who they know can take better care of them.
The sad part is that some of them even have nerve to hate on males who date outside the race, even though thy know they would not give the type of guy who is willing to date outside the race play anyway.
4. El Salvador 74%
5. Colombia 74%
6. Paraguay 70%
7. Peru 69%
8. Dominican Republic 68%
9. Iceland 65%
10. Estonia 60%
11. Bahamas 59%