Analysis: Fatherhood Absence and Involvement Makes a Difference in Child Development

Having an available, responsible, and emotionally supportive father figure actively involved in a child’s life can play a dramatic role in shaping a child’s future.

Of course, any biological male can produce a child. Still, a male who actively participates in the child’s life and takes on fatherhood has been proven by various studies to be vital in a child’s developmental growth.

For instance, studies have shown that young women who had an unstable or a non-existent father figure in their lives were more likely to develop depression, be sexually active at an early age, and often displayed patterns of risky sexual behavior.

Fatherless daughters have often found themselves having difficulty building and sustaining healthy long-term relationships with men. Those same studies have also shown that absent fathers have been linked to the majority of teenage pregnancies. Over 70 percent of unplanned adolescent pregnancies occurred in homes where there was no father figure present.

Young boys often tend to model themselves after the closest male authority figures in their household. Those that lack a father figure presence- have usually found themselves having a more challenging time learning how to be men or fathers. They have no sense of guidance or direction and are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and anger issues.

Studies have found that adolescent males who grew up without a father figure in their lives tend to join gangs and engage in criminal activity. An involved father figure present tends to provide the much-needed structure and discipline young males crave.

Fatherless households also contribute to 63% of youth suicides, 85% of behavioral disorders found in children, 90% of youth homelessness, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youth crime and delinquency, 68% more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs, and 80% rape cases motivated by displaced anger.

The research shows that fathers, much like mothers, are pillars in a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. A father’s involvement or lack thereof can take a detrimental toll on a child’s upbringing.

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About the Author:

Emma Jimenez is the founder of Red Liberty Media. She is also a freelance political blogger, conservative political advocate, and managing editor for Politifix News. She is best known on social media under the name “The Conservative Latina.” Jimenez is also a published children’s book author. Her books educate children on the beauty of coming from a multiracial and blended family and on self-awareness and appreciation. Mrs. Jimenez lives in Louisiana and has worked in continuing education as a Spanish instructor. She has assisted various local churches in her city, teaching ESL and citizenship classes to immigrants. Jimenez has appeared as a guest on multiple social media platforms and political events to discuss issues facing the Hispanic community today. She is currently publishing her first political children’s book, America the Great; it is about what it means to be an American.