The fatherless epidemic: Rediscovering fatherhood’s Eden


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Presentation by Lauren Chase, Steven May, Heather Scott, Kimberly Woods, and Brandon Youngblood

Published in: Education, Self Improvement
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The fatherless epidemic: Rediscovering fatherhood’s Eden

  1. 1. Chase, May, Scott, Woods, Youngblood
  2. 2. Fatherlessness Cannot Be Ignored Any Longer <ul><li>Fatherlessness is spreading </li></ul><ul><li>Children can realistically expect it </li></ul><ul><li>40% of American children are in fatherless homes </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming choice rather than necessity </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Man? <ul><li>Without fathers, who sets the example? </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypical masculinity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toughness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dominance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repression of empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggressiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do we do with this masculinity? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fight Club: Male Violence and Crime <ul><li>The relationship between single-parent families and crime is stronger than the relationship between race and crime, as well as low income and crime. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fight Club (cont.) <ul><li>from 1979 to 1987, 65% of women violently assaulted were done so by boyfriends or ex-husbands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is in comparison to 9% of violence enacted by husbands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>50% of non-parental child abuse committed by boyfriends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boyfriends provide only 2% of non-parental childcare </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Suicide in Single-Parent Homes <ul><li>Family structure index - a composite index based on the annual rate of children involved in divorce and the percentage of families with children present that are female-headed </li></ul><ul><li>According to a 1994 study done by McCall and Land, the family structure index is a strong predictor of suicide among young adult and adolescent white males. </li></ul><ul><li>Outside of two-parent homes, children are more susceptible to emotional problems and more likely to use mental health services than children who live with both biological parents </li></ul>
  7. 7. Poverty Pays its Price <ul><li>In 1997, 65% of poor children lived in fatherless households, compared to only 25% of children who were not in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Fatherlessness is the most powerful determinant of child poverty, rising above the influences of race, religion, and the education level of the mother </li></ul>
  8. 8. Young Parents <ul><li>Fatherlessness is cyclical </li></ul><ul><li>Two-thirds of all cases of teenage childbearing today, the mother is unmarried </li></ul><ul><li>The rate of unmarried teen mothers is increasing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In 1985, they accounted for 7.5% of all births </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 1991, they accounted for 9% of all births </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Aversive Fatherhood
  10. 10. Caring Fathers <ul><li>Influence children to be outgoing, adaptable and secure </li></ul><ul><li>Children learn social skills, learn how to make good choices, and behavior is certain situations </li></ul>
  11. 11. Present Fathers <ul><li>Alcoholic Fathers: Children were more likely to have anxiety, depression, externalizing problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Sons of alcoholic fathers are four to nine more likely to develop alcoholism than the general population. </li></ul><ul><li>Sons develop low socioeconomic status, cognitive impairments, aggression and increase heart rate. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Alcoholic Fathers <ul><li>Sons with alcoholic fathers have onset alcohol abuse as teenagers with a high incidence of anti-social behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Sons with alcoholic fathers manifest externalizing disorders more often than girls. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Abusive Fathers <ul><li>When sons have abusive fathers they have hatred toward their fathers </li></ul><ul><li>High rates of chronic behavior problems </li></ul><ul><li>Truancy, theft, aggression and disruptive at school </li></ul><ul><li>Poor father son relationships is more damaging that being brought up by only a single mother. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Physically Absent Fathers <ul><li>Fathers who played peek-a-boo and tossed the ball with their children had a higher cognitive tests than children who had absent fathers. </li></ul><ul><li>Infants raised in father absent homes did less reaching, grasping and following of objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Some researchers believe having father involvement has a positive effect on their child’s math skills. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Physically Absent, cont. <ul><li>Absent fathers effects abandoned sons’ capacity for self-esteem and intimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Have a hard time developing emotional attachments, recognizing their feelings or being expressive with their adult partners or children </li></ul><ul><li>Effects their development emotionally and have problems in school. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Psychological Disorders <ul><li>Borderline Personality Disorder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fathers are unstable emotional responses, impulsive behaviors, spending sprees, excessive use of alcohol or drugs, self injuries and sexual indiscretions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for fathers with this disorder to be stable enough to raise children </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Faith and Fatherhood
  18. 18. Social Construction <ul><li>Fatherhood is a role constructed by society </li></ul><ul><li>Many contributing factors </li></ul><ul><li>Moral and ethical obligation </li></ul><ul><li>How Christian ideals play into this </li></ul>
  19. 19. Headship <ul><li>Aristotle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote his own brand of headship in Politics (350 BC) which set the foundation for social ideals of men </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Christianity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biblical texts refer to headship in ways almost identical to Aristotle’s ideals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>APA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender roles create strain, therefore any construct where males and females are not equal (i.e., headship) are invalid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The main differences in the two lie in reasons which each feel that headship is essential </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. The Ideal Father <ul><li>Christian examples of men shown through narratives in the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus as the perfect example of a man </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strength through humility and sacrifice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructions to husbands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacrificial love to wives </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. God as Father <ul><li>In the Old Testament, God makes His name synonymous to Father. </li></ul><ul><li>God is father, and He acts like a father. </li></ul><ul><li>Fathers are ideally to be loving and caring toward what they have created: their children. </li></ul><ul><li>God as father evokes a sense of love and care toward creation. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus as son – the ultimate relationship </li></ul>
  22. 22. Fatherlessness <ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original sin as the most disruptive force in life of humanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In essence, original sin was not only disobeying God, but attempts to abolish fatherhood by placing doubt about the truth of God and his love. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This fatherlessness leaves man with a sense of emptiness and the sense of a master-slave relationship. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Fatherless America
  24. 24. The Proof <ul><li>Men have done bad things and the have abused women and children. Therefore all that is male is inherently wrong and must be eliminated. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Better safe than sorry” </li></ul><ul><li>Male = Bad </li></ul><ul><li>If X = Male or X > Male </li></ul><ul><li>Then X = Bad </li></ul><ul><li>If X ~= Male then X = Better than Male </li></ul>
  25. 25. Eden Rediscovered