In the Bible, the word “father” is found more than 1,100 times. Increasing father involvement in their children’s live is one of the most important ways to address material and spiritual poverty. So fathers, you are important! Almost every study conducted in the social sciences confirms what the Bible teaches — fathers matter.
Here are 12 significant facts from social science research on the effects of having a father in the home:
- Children living with fathers in the home tend to fare better on cognitive achievement and behavioral outcomes.
- Among urban fathers, those who frequently attend religious services tend to be more engaged with their children.
- Individuals whose fathers showed more involvement in their lives early on tend to attain higher levels of education.
- Fathers’ religiosity is linked to higher quality of parent-child relationships.
- Fathers’ engagement in their children’s activities was linked to higher academic performance.
- Close father-adolescent bonds protect against the negative influence of peer drug use.
- Adolescent girls whose fathers were present during their childhood are less likely to become pregnant.
- Adolescent males who report a close relationship with their fathers are more likely to anticipate having a stable marriage in the future.
- Children raised in intact families by happily married parents tend to be more religious in adulthood.
- Children raised in intact families are more likely to have stable and healthy romantic relationships as adults.
- Girls who experienced a parental separation during childhood are more likely to engage in early sexual activity.
- Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor.
Edited from “25 Facts On The Importance Of Fathers”
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