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[Are Fathers Necessary?, Citation: Charles Colson, How Now Shall We Live (Tyndale, 1999)]

In How Now Shall We Live, Chuck Colson notes the disturbing realities that plague children who grow up without a father:


Children in single-parent families are five times more likely to be poor, and half the single mothers in the United States live below the poverty line.


Children of divorce suffer intense grief, which often lasts for many years.

Even as young adults, they are nearly twice as likely to require psychological help.

Children from disrupted families have more academic and behavioral problems at school and are nearly twice as likely to drop out of high school.

Girls in single-parent homes are at a much greater risk for precocious sexuality and are two and a half times more likely to have a child out of wedlock.


Crime and substance abuse are strongly linked to fatherless households.

Statistics show that 60 percent of rapists grew up in fatherless homes, as did 72 percent of adolescent murderers, and 70 percent of all long-term prison inmates.

In fact, most of the social pathologies disrupting American life today can be traced to fatherlessness.

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