Troubling Facts About Boys
- The United States today has more boys and young men locked up in juvenile institutions, jails, prisons, and mental hospitals than any nation. The majority of these boys are non-violent or low-level offenders, at least when they first enter these institutions.
- Annually about three million boys are put on drugs like Ritalin or Prozac to control their school behavior.
- Boys comprise 71% of all school suspensions and are expelled at an even higher rate.
- Boys drop out of school 4-to-1 over girls.
- The majority of school violence victims are males who represent about 3/4’s of all assaults, homicides, and suicides.
- Males are the majority of the homeless; HIV positive; physically abused; neglected and murdered children; foster kids awaiting adoption; alcoholics and drug addicts in need of treatment.
It’s better to build boys than to mend men!
“If you look at one factor that most closely correlates with crime it’s not poverty, it’s not employment, and it’s not education; it’s the absence of the father in the home.” –Former Attorney General, William Barr
What happens when fathers are not around? The most exhaustive research on the effects of fatherlessness on our culture is Fatherless America by David Blankenhorn. He starts his book with a frightening statement.
- The U.S. is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with a father. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to.
- Fatherlessness is now approaching a rough parity with fatherhood as a defining feature of American childhood. Yet, despite its scale and social consequences, fatherlessness is a problem that is frequently ignored and denied.
Dr. Wade Horn says, “If we stay on the current course, one day the U.S. will be the country known as the country of the founding fathers…with no fathers to be found.”
More facts about fatherless boys:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
- 75% of adolescents patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
- 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions have no fathers. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report)
- 85% of youth in prison had no fathers at home. (Fulton Co. Georgia jail population, Texas Dept. of Correction)
- 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. (U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
- 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (National Principal Association Report on the State of High Schools)
“If there is a crisis in self-esteem, it is not among young women. Girls are doing very well indeed. Boys, in the meantime, are killing themselves and each other at alarming rates. If either sex is in trouble today in our society, it is the males.” –Researcher, Dianne Revitch: FORBES Magazine 1996