Karl Arnold Belser
31 March 2018

The article  Mike Rowe: America's Suffering From An Epidemic of Fatherlessness from the daily Wire got me wondering if the welfare state has promoted divorce and as  collateral damage hurt the children from divorced families.

I found some of the statistics in the article hard to believe. Are there really a large percentage of families with no father?
The US census page gives the following chart.

                   Family Scomposition tatistics

This chart shows the rise in single parent families. About 37% are headed by women and 4% headed by men. This is a big enough proportion of children that it might be possible that single parent families are a national problem. Rowe states that 43% of families are fatherless, but does not give the source.

Rowe further states that:

• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average. (US Dept. Of Health/Census)

• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.

• 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)

• 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)

• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)

I did not fact check these claims, but they seem possible.

I observe that fatherlessness is coincidence and not a proven causation. The only correct conclusion is theft single parent families might have problems. For example, single mothers are the poorest segment of society. Hence, it may be poverty, not fatherlessness that is the cause.

Men and boys do seem to be performing poorly in today's society. The Tucker Carlson ( the FOX newscaster) video Men In America shows that the state of men is definitely in decline and that no one cares.

The site Literacy Facts and Figures show that boys have less reading skills and dropout of school more than do girls. Contrary to the fatherlessness allegation, the success of boys is correlated to the degree of education of the mother, not the father.

Coincidentally there are about 10 million working age men that are living with their parents, watching TV, playing video games, and some doing drugs. These men do not have girlfriends and they are committing suicide at an alarming rate of 90,000 per year, more than deaths by traffic accidents.. It is interesting that the 10 million number corresponds roughly to the number of single mother families. This doesn't prove anything, but it is food for thought. Why does no one care?

My 2013 post End Of Men discusses the fact that society is changing in a way that is fundamentally disadvantageous for men. There is no fault here. It is just circumstance, and it makes me wonder what are all these unemployed and undereducated men going to do.
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