v In 1970, fewer than 400,000 homes in the United States had children being raised by single fathers. By 2000, that number had risen to 2 million. Twenty-four million children in the United States live without their biological father.*
v In 1960, only 9% of children in the United States lived with single parents. By 1995 that figure rose to 27%.*
v Almost 18 million children in grades 1 to 12 do not live with their biological father.
v Nationally, over 19.2 million children live with single parents. About 3 million live with single fathers while over 16 million live with single mothers.*
v In 1970, there were about 4 million divorced Americans. By 1998, the figure rose to over 19 million.*
v Since 1970, men have been divorcing at a median age between 32 and 36 years old.*
v About 60% of couples who divorce have at least one child.*
v Studies on families with a great deal of conflict suggest that children raised in those families do better if their parents stayed together than if they divorced* (as long as there is no domestic violence, abuse or neglect).
v Studies on college students suggest that girls whose parents divorced are more likely to develop depression, have problems in their relationships and have children out-of-wedlock.*
v Generally, people whose parents never divorced tend to feel more satisfied with their lives that others whose parents did.*
v Men who divorce are two times more likely to commit suicide than those who stay married.*
v Families with step-mothers tend to have more problems than those with step-fathers. Step-fathers tend to be more dissatisfied than biological fathers and they are twice as likely to become depressed. *
v The likelihood is three times greater that boys raised in step-parent families will become imprisoned, when compared with those raised with both parents in the same home.*
v One study suggested that children with step-fathers are three times more likely to be abused. Another indicated that 17% of female victims were sexually abused by their stepfather.*
v Biological parents are on average more loving towards their children than stepparents are. Stepparents also tend to be more hostile and indifferent towards step-children.*
v Problems associated with single parenting do not disappear when single mothers marry.*
*Reproduced from “Father Facts V,” Fifth Edition (2007), with permission from the National Fatherhood Initiative.