Children of Divorce & Separation Statistics
Consequences of father absence
It's Official: The Experiment Has Failed
For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in: the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.
The following is from the newsletter Common
Sense & Domestic Violence, 1998 01 30
Allegations of family
violence are the weapon-of-choice in divorce strategies. Lawyers, and paralegals in
women's shelters, call them "The Silver Bullet". False abuse allegations work
effectively in removing men from their families. The impact that the removal of fathers
has on our children is horrific. The following lists some of the consequences of the
removal of fathers from the lives of their children.
The Impact on our Children
Inter-spousal violence perpetrated by men is only a small
aspect of family violence. False abuse allegations are only a small tile in the mosaic of
vilifying the men in our society. They serve well in successful attempts to remove fathers
from the lives of our children. Here are some statistics resulting from that which show
more of the whole picture.
- 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award
- 29.9% of custodial fathers receive a support award.
- 46.9% of non-custodial mothers totally default on support.
- 26.9% of non-custodial fathers totally default on support.
- 20.0% of non-custodial mothers pay support at some level
- 61.0% of non-custodial fathers pay support at some level
- 66.2% of single custodial mothers work less than full time.
- 10.2% of single custodial fathers work less than full time.
- 7.0% of single custodial mothers work more than 44 hours weekly.
- 24.5% of single custodial fathers work more that 44 hours weekly.
- 46.2% of single custodial mothers receive public assistance.
- 20.8% of single custodial fathers receive public assistance.
- 40% of mothers reported that they had interfered with the fathers visitation to
punish their ex-spouse.
- 50% of mothers see no value in the fathers continued contact with his children.
- 90.2% of fathers with joint custody pay the support due.
- 79.1% of fathers with visitation privileges pay the support due.
- 44.5% of fathers with no visitation pay the support due.
- 37.9% of fathers are denied any visitation.
- 66% of all support not paid by non-custodial fathers is due to the inability to
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
- 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless
- 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
- 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
- Nearly 2 of every 5 children in America do not live with their fathers.
- 11,268,000 total custodial mothers
- 2,907,000 total custodial fathers
What does this mean? Children from fatherless homes are:
(The calculation of the relative risks shown in the preceding list is based on 27% of
children being in the care of single mothers.)
and compared to children who are in the care of two biological, married parents
children who are in the care of single mothers are:
- 33 times more likely to be seriously abused (so that they will require medical
|The following is from an article in the (Canadian) Report Newsmagazine,
matures later Stepfathers are shown to produce 'precocious puberty' in
young females, by Candis McLean, 2001 04 16, p. 46
ONE in six girls in Britain now enters puberty by eight
years of age, according to recent research. This compares with one in 100 a generation
ago. "Girls are now having sex before their great-great-grandmothers had their first
period. Half of all girls in Britain will have entered puberty by the age of 10,"
announced Professor Jane Golding, director of the study at Bristol University's Institute
of Child Health last June after tracking the development of 14,000 children from birth. In
North America, one in seven Caucasian girls and half of African-American girls enter
puberty (develop breasts or pubic hair) by the age of eight. The parade of suggested
triggers has included obesity, pollution and food additives (see this magazine, Nov. 16,
1998). New research, however, suggests a radical new theory--that the father-daughter
relationship is also a very important factor in when girls mature.
One of the leaders in this research, American Bruce Ellis, is a psychology professor at
the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. ...
According to Prof. Ellis' research,
"The clearest finding to emerge from this research was that it was the absence of
warm, positive family relationships, rather than the presence of negative, coercive family
relationships, that forecast earlier pubertal development in girls." But, while warm
relations with both parents predicted later puberty, the more relevant was
"father-daughter affectionate-positivity"; in fact, the more time spent by the
father in childcare when the daughters were four to five years old, the less pubertal
development by Grade 7. ...
Prof. Ellis does not think that pheremone exposure within the home is the only factor
at work. He continues, "It is also likely that girls who have high-investing fathers
in the home tend to begin sex and dating at a later age and thus have less pheromonal
exposure to male dating partners in early adolescence." He concludes his article (to
be published in a book [whose title is] Just living together: Implications of cohabitation for
children, families, and social policy) with the statement that the inherent
instability of cohabiting unions--an average duration of about two years--means any
children will be three times as likely to live with a biologically unrelated
parent which could result in earlier onset of puberty.
In girls, this is associated with negative health and
psychosocial outcomes: greater risk of breast cancer in later life, unhealthy
weight gain, higher rates of teenage pregnancy, low birthweight babies, emotional problems
such as depression and anxiety, and problem behaviours such as alcohol consumption and
sexual promiscuity. [My emphasis WHS]
The Report article
recommends to parents that to be successful in,
Keep stress levels down; do not overbook children's activities
Provide a high-fibre diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
Cut out fast food
Keep your daughter active; get her interested in a sport or out playing with other kids
Throw out the TV
Send early-developing girls to same-sex or age-segregated schools to reduce exposure to
The following is from the newsletter Common Sense & Domestic Violence, 1997 12 24
Children and Single Moms
Whether it is caused by violence or not, children living with single moms don't do well
in our society. It used to be the exception.— Now it is becoming the rule and
progressively worse.— Is that not child abuse too? —
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT CHILDREN FROM SINGLE-MOTHER FAMILIES
|One or more behaviour problems
|Repeated a grade 3
|Current school problems 3
|One or more total problems 3
- Children from single-mother families are
2.21 times (221%) as likely to have one or more total problems than those from two-parent
families, twice as likely to have an emotional disorder, etc. (The probability of this
being due to chance is smaller than 1 in 1,000)
- Weighted projections to reflect national
population of children.
- Data for items so annotated apply for 6- to
11-year-olds only. All other data in the table apply to 4- to 11-year olds.
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