39% (18 million) students in grades 1-12 live in homes without their biological father.
Teens without involved father-figures are 7 times more likely to become teen parents.
Obese children are more likely to come from father-absent homes.
Adolescents, particularly boys, in father absent homes are at a dramatically higher risk of personl & property delinqunecies and of substance abuse, drinking and smoking.
Students living in father absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade.
Father-absent homes have students who are twice as likely to drop out of school.
There are 2 kinds of fatherlessness:
Physical fatherlessness - the father figure simply isn't there
Emotional fatherlessness - the father figure is in the home but not emotionally engaged in the child's life
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