How do Children of Single-Father Households Fare Relative to Children of Two-Parent Families?
As to the welfare issue, might we quote from the Congressional testimony of David Burgess, MSPH (Ways and Means Committee, 1995): "... welfare should not be a substitute for father, instead father should be a substitute for welfare."
Why does David Burgess believe this? Carefully consider what the above statistics
mean. An average of 4% of our nation's children grew up in single-father households, an
average of 30% grew up in single-mother households, and an average of 60% grew up in
two-parent families, with the remaining 6% growing up with grandparents, foster homes,
uncles and aunts, etc. Children from single-father households are under-represented
in juvenile prisons by 4 times, and children from two-parent families are
under-represented by 3 times--BUT children from single-mother households are
OVER-represented by TWO AND ONE HALF TIMES (2 1/2 x).
This means that children from single-mother households are 7.5 times more likely to end
up in juvenile prisons than children of two-parent families.
If children of single-father households are less likely than children of two-parent
families to go to juvenile prisons, then it is probable that they also fare much better in
other areas as well (in education, morally, in religious values, financially, socially,
psychologically, in future income and tax paying potential, etc.)
Worldwide and historic statistics support that a presumption of father custody would reduce divorce by 90-95%, which would be a noble and important accomplishment. But if the feminist critics are correct (a real first), and if the number of single-father households did increase, then the above example of how well children of single-father households fare suggests that the long term benefits would be of even greater benefit to society than merely ending fatherlessness with two-parent families.
Overshooting the goal would be a good thing for children, and for society.
And for the first time, the feminists would be right.