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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Warren Farrell
Twenty-four million American children — one in three — are growing up in homes without their biological fathers, the 2011 Census says. Children in father-absent homes, it notes, are almost four times more likely to be poor.
Dads are a powerful force in their children's development, from how they do in school to whether girls become pregnant as teens. Fathers influence independence, persistence and academic achievement, among other things.
The figures are stark: Compared to girls, American boys are less educated and more medicated. One in five men of prime working age is not working. Men have a life expectancy five years shorter than women. Male suicide rates start out equal to females, but steadily rise over the lifespan.
Fathers are the biggest factor in preventing drug use, Farrell said.
“Dad also helps with impulse control and memory and enhances a child’s ability to respond effectively to new or ambiguous situations, for boys and girls,” said Warren Farrell, author of "Father and Child Reunion."