Statistic of the Week

In the US, 40% of boys grow up without their biological father.

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5 Responses to Statistic of the Week

  1. Richard Watson says:

    I knew that would happen when I posted it! It’s out of a book draft of mine – now unused. Let me have a search for the source….

    RW

  2. Ross says:

    Also, what does ‘without’ mean?
    Parents divorced/separated but not living with the father?
    Parents divorced/separated, no contact with father?
    Father deceased?
    All of the above?

  3. Richard says:

    All of the above I expect.

    On the one hand this could be one of those “40% of the world’s cranes are in Dubai” stats. Nobody is quite sure whether it’s true. This would have come from a newspaper cutting (still looking) but could well be correct. What’s the divorce rate in the US – 30%? So add in single mothers and you could soon reach 40%.

  4. Can’t find it (as I say, it was from something I wrote and then threw away). However, it feels right. For example….and the last one is a shocker!

    37.9% of fathers have no access/visitation rights. (Source: p.6, col.II, para. 6, lines 4 & 5, Census Bureau P-60, #173, Sept 1991.)
    http://www.photius.com/feminocracy/facts_on_fatherless_kids.html

    Dadless years: About 40 percent of the kids living in fatherless homes haven’t seen their dads in a year or more. Of the rest, only one in five sleeps even one night a month at the father’s home. And only one in six sees their father once or more per week.
Source: F. Furstenberg, A. Cherlin, Divided Families. Harvard Univ. Press. 1991.

    About 40 per cent of black children in Canada grow up without a father. Among Toronto’s Jamaican-Canadians, the numbers are even more dramatic: two out of three children grow up without a father.
    http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/withoutmen/

    In the early 1960s, nearly 90 percent of all children lived with both of their biological parents until they reached adulthood, today less than half of children grow up with both natural parents.
    http://apps.olin.wustl.edu/macarthur/working%20papers/wp-mclanahan2.htm

    85% of all youths in prisons grew up in fatherless homes.  
(Fulton County Georgia Jail Populations and Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992)

    The amount of time a father spends with his child — one-on-one — averages less than 10 minutes a day. Source: J. P. Robinson, et al., “The Rhythm of Everyday Life.” Westview Press. 1988.

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