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The Effects of Father Absence on Child Development

  • Children are on average more likely to have problems in school performance.

  • Children who live without their fathers are on average more likely to experience behaviour problems in school.

  • Boys consistently score lower on a variety of moral indexes.

  • Children are more likely to have problems in emotional and psycho-social adjustment.

  • Children are more likely to choose deviant peers and be at higher risk for peer problems.

  • Children are more likely to use and abuse illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

  • Adolescents are more likely to engage in greater and earlier sexual activity.

  • Children are more likely to be poor and experience health problems.