Poll: Fathers Spending Little Time With Children

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by Trey Elmore  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 10, 2018   

Many cite work obligations, while Americans spend much of their income on luxuries

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - One in four fathers does not live with their children full time, according to a Pew Research analysis of numbers from the Centers for Disease Control National Survey of Family Growth released on Monday.

The report says that 24 percent of all fathers report living separately from all or some of their children. Variables such as education and ethnicity account for significant differences in father-child living arrangements.

Thirty-six percent of black fathers live apart from all of their children; 11 percent live apart from some of their children. Seventeen percent of Hispanic fathers live apart from all of their children; 9 percent are separated from some of their children. Eleven percent of white fathers live apart from all of their children; 5 percent live apart from some of their children.


Among fathers without a college degree, 28 percent live apart from some or all of their children. Eight percent of fathers with a bachelor's degree or more live separate from all or some of their children.  

The study also reported large numbers of fathers and mothers alike who say they don't spend enough time with their children. Forty-seven percent of all parents, 63 percent of all fathers and 35 percent of all mothers say they spend too little time with their children. Among those who report not enough time with children, more than half of all parents, all fathers and all mothers say it is mostly owing to work obligations.

Pew did not say how many of the fathers reporting too little time with their children also belong to the group separated from some or all of their children.

Church Militant released a series of Vortex episodes in June 2015 on the subject of fatherhood. One episode, titled "Manhood Gut Check," goes down a list of statistics outlining the devastation fatherlessness and distant fathers has wrought on society, including the economy:

  • 80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes
  • 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
  • 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes
  • 90 percent of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother
  • 71 percent of high school drop-outs come from fatherless homes
  • 75 percent of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers have no father
  • 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions have no father
  • 85 percent of youths in prisons have no father

The Vortex episode also points out that fatherless children are more likely to be aggressive, sexually active, involved in criminal activity and drug use and land in jail.

The episode goes on to say:

All this has happened because many men rejected the basic foundational truth of manhood: that your life is to be spent at the service of others, even to the point of dying for those you love to protect them. Until sufficient numbers of men understand that and make it their own again, society will be lost and spiral even more out of control.

While Pew is reporting work obligations as the reason given for time spent away from children, in April 2017, analysis from Deutsche Bank Research showed that large chunks of household incomes overspend on things they don't need. Low-income U.S. households spend as much as 40 percent of their income on what were classified as "luxuries."
 

 

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