Criminal behavior linked to Fatherless Households

With 70% of all children being born to households without a father, Larry Elder re-examines the latest attempts to promote out of wedlock as a “badge of honor.”

According to The World Almanac 2005 — which now lists illegitimate birth rates under the politically correct heading “Nonmarital Childbearing” — nearly 70 percent of black children are born outside of wedlock. With Latinos, the rate is almost 45 percent, whites nearly 30 percent, and Asians 15 percent. Overall, about 34 percent of America’s children today are born outside of wedlock.

According to the Heritage Foundation, children born outside of wedlock were more likely to engage in early sexual activity and have children out of wedlock. The report further stated, “Compared to children living with both biological parents in similar socioeconomic circumstances, children of never-married mothers exhibit 68 percent more antisocial behavior, 24 percent more headstrong behavior, 33 percent more hyperactive behavior, 78 percent more peer conflict, and 53 percent more dependency. Overall, children of never-married mothers have behavioral problems that score nearly three times higher than children raised in comparable intact families.”

Many studies show that the best predictor of violent crime in a community is not the race or economic status, but the proportion of households without fathers. Most juvenile and adult offenders come from homes without fathers.

What would be your advice to a community, whose out-of-wedlocks births were 70% and if you had documentation that fatherless households resulted in higher drop out rates, higher incarceration rates, higher proverty rates and more illegitimate births?

We have such a community in our great country and your countrymen need your advice?


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