What happens to children in fatherless homes?

By Matt O’Connell

Children growing up in fatherless homes are:

  • 5 times more likely to commit suicide.
  • 32 times more likely to run away.
  • 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders.
  • 14 times more likely to commit rape
  • 9 times more likely to drop out of high school.
  • 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances.
  • 9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution.
  • 20 times more likely to end up in prison.


It’s imperative that you remain involved in your children’s lives…even if your ex-wife is trying to push you out. 

Source: www.greatdivorceadvice.com



  1. drcoachlove
    Posted April 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    As a marriage and family therapist for over 20 years, I strongly encourage all fathers who feel pushed out of their children’s lives to take action. Even after the legal pieces are in place, you may still struggle maintaining a consistent relationship with them. Too frequently, unresolved marital stresses transfer into post divorce clashes. Help is available when you seek the services of a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Therapists who specialize marriage and family are trained in a systems approach. That means your therapist will be able to assist you in planning healthy actions and attitudes to remain connected to your children. Hang in there. Dads are extremely important in the lives of children. One place to locate a qualified marital and family therapist in your area is http://www.Therapist Locator.net, which is the official site for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). For more information and healthy relationship tips visit http://www.DrCoachLove.com.

    Patt Hollinger Pickett, Ph.D.
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  2. Darnell Wooden
    Posted September 9, 2009 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I may be going through a divorce soon and we have two boys ages 7 and 4 and i have aways been in the house with them. And now i am not and they cry alot of times for me.

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