The Fatherless Effect Fatherlessness is the single greatest…

The Fatherless Effect:

Fatherlessness is the single greatest cause of poverty in the U.S.  As Robert Rector pointed out years ago, “[b]eing raised in a married family reduced a child’s probability of living in poverty by about 80 percent.”  In order to further their big-government agenda, modern liberals often point to education as the answer to poverty in America.  However, marriage is a far better weapon against poverty than is education.  Again, as Rector points out, “being married has the same effect in reducing poverty that adding five to six years to a parent’s level of education has.”  In addition, a child living in a single-parent home where the parent is a college graduate is nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as a child living with their married parents whose highest level of education is completing high school.

Marriage provides the safest environment for children.  In addition to being much more likely to live in crime-ridden communities, children born to single moms face much more danger inside the home than do children living with their married parents.  As marripedia points out:

  • The rate of physical abuse is 3 times higher in the single parent family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 4 times higher if mother is cohabiting with the child’s biological father (unmarried).
  • The rate of physical abuse is 5 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of physical abuse is 10 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.

The rates for sexual abuse are even worse than physical abuse:

  • The rate of sexual abuse is 5 times higher in the single parent family and when both biological parents are cohabiting (i.e. unmarried).
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 8.6 times higher if the child is living in a married step family.
  • The rate of sexual abuse is 20 times higher if the mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend.

Contrary to popular belief, the most likely physical abuser of a child in a single-parent home is the mother.  Because they lack the financial, emotional, and other support of a husband and a father in the home, single moms are more likely to experience anger, impatience, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.  Additionally, single moms are more likely to be depressed and feel rejected by their children than are women who have husbands.

As tragic as the outcomes of the Ferguson effect are, the fatherless effect is much more wide-ranging, common, and deadly in American society.

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