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Father Hunger - How Father Absence Impacts Our Youth

Father Absence and Substance Abuse

Parents, especially fathers, really are the anti-drug. Children are more likely to use and abuse drugs when they grow up without involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives. Drugs and alcohol often serve as surrogates for children who experience a lack of love from and emotional connection to their family and community. Good dads… [Continue Reading]

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Father Absence and Sexual Activity

Fathers play a crucial role in sexuality and relationships. A father’s behavior and values uniquely influence a girl’s expectations about boyfriends and husbands.   In addition, boys learn how to treat girls and what kind of husband and father they should become from their fathers.  Boys raised in single-mother homes are at a higher risk of… [Continue Reading]

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Father Absence and Emotional/Behavioral Problems

 Did you know that “father hunger” is a very real psychological condition that afflicts children whose fathers are suddenly absent? In fact, studies on “father hunger” have shown that within one to three months, the child experiences nightmares, sleeplessness, and night terrors. Unfortunately, problems for children from father absent homes can continue for the rest… [Continue Reading]

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Father Absence and Education

Evidence of the impact of father absence can show up on report cards….and in detention.  A seventeenth century proverb states, “One father is more than a hundred school masters.” Accordingly, it should not be surprising to learn that dads have a key role in the educational outcomes of their children. An involved, responsible, and committed… [Continue Reading]

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Father Absence and Child Abuse

        Dads play a role in protecting children from abuse. Children who grow up without their fathers are at greatest risk for child abuse. In fact, the presence of a child’s father in the home lowers the likelihood that a child will be abused. One possible reason for this connection is the very important role… [Continue Reading]

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Father Absence and Health

  Father presence can prevent childhood obesity. Even a child’s health is tied to his or her father’s presence. Dads are often responsible for the physical play and activity in a household and can help their children learn the role of exercie in physical health. Father involvement also has a positive impact on maternal-child health and… [Continue Reading]

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