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We Love Dads – Father’s Day Infographic

Dads make a big difference in our lives. There have been countless studies on the positive impacts on dads in a home, and we’ve pulled out highlights of a few below. These were found on the website Fatherhood.org and pulled from various studies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three — live in biological father-absent homes.

Consequently, there is a “father factor” in nearly all of the social issues facing America today.

Children who grow up in father-absent homes are:

Category Factor Percent
Poverty more likely to be poor 492%
Poverty likely to be poorer than his father 154%
Poverty likely to report material hardship 118.9%
Health infant mortality rates 180%
Health more likely to die in 1st year of life 230%
Health more likely to experience depression 200%
Health more likely to have an affective disorder 400%
Health More likely to have asthma 261%
Health More likely to menstruate early 200%
Health More likely to have early sexual intercourse 400%
Health More likely to have early pregnancy 250%
Health More likely to get pregnant as a teen 700%
Abuse More likely to suffer physical, emotional or educational neglect 200%
Abuse Higher rate of child abuse 176%
Abuse Greater risk of being physically abused 177%
Abuse Greater risk of being harmed by neglect 187%
Abuse Greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect 265%
Abuse Greater risk of suffering emotional neglect 174%
Abuse Greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse 180%
Abuse More likely to smoke, drink or use drugs 168%
Education More likely to drop out of school 200%
Education More likely to repeat a grade 200%
Education Less likely to have parents involved 124%
Education Less likely to spend time with mother 187%
Education Less likely to get mostly A’s 142%
Education Less likely to be read aloud to 127%

Note that most of these stats are an inverse of the numbers you see in the graphic, meaning the table shows conditions and statistics for kids WITHOUT a father, instead of the inverse conditions WITH a father as shown above.

We Love Dads – Father’s Day Infographic

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