Discovering a Cause of Gun Violence in Chicago

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    Greg, John, and Pat share about a discovery for the cause of gun violence in Chicago.   CBN reports that men and ministries in Chicago are working together to address the root cause of gun violence in their city.  They found it is the breakdown of family.  An estimated 24.7 million children live absent from their biological father.  It is said that two years after divorce 51% of children in sole mother custody homes only see their father once or twice a year, or never.  It is also said that 42 % of the fathers fail to see their children at all after divorce.  They continue to share even more statistics of the result of fatherlessness in America.  We need to support fathers and respect them.  They continue to encourage fathers to stick, stay and stand even when it stinks.  Don’t give up, fall on your knees and cry out to God.


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An estimated 24.7 million children live absent from their biological father.
–Source: National Fatherhood Initiative, Father Facts, (3rd Edition): 5. The 1997 Gallup Youth Survey found the following among U.S. teens:

Two years after divorce, 51% of children in sole mother custody homes only see their father once or twice a year, or never. [Guidubaldi, 1989; Guidubaldi, 1988; Guidubaldi, Perry, & Nastasi, 1987.]

42% of fathers fail to see their children at all after divorce.
[Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr. and Christine Winguist Nord, “Parenting Apart,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, vol 47, no. 4, November, 1985.]

According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
-Source: National Center for Fathering, Fathering in America Poll, January, 1999.

43% of urban teens live away from their father.
–Source: Youthviews, Gallup Youth Survey 4 (June, 1997).
90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. [U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census.]

80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. [Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.]

60% of repeat rapists grew up without fathers.
Raymond A. Knight and Robert A. Prentky, “The Developmental Antecednts of Adult Adaptations of Rapist Sub-Types,” Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol 14, Dec., 1987, p 403-426.

71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father.
[US Dept. of Health & Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999.]
63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
[US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census.]

85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
 [Center for Disease Control]

90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother.
[Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p.28.]

71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
[National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.]

75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
[Rainbows for all God`s Children.]

70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father.
[US Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988.]

85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
[Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992.]

75% of prisoners grew up without a father.
Daniel Amneus, The Garbage Generation, Alhambra, CA: Primrose Press, 1990.

43% of US children live without their father.
[US Department of Census]

More than one-half of all children who don’t live with their father have never been in their father’s home.
Frank Furstenberg and Andrew Cherlin, Divided Families: What Happens to Children When Parents Part (Cambridge: Harvard University Press 1991)

Adolescent females between the ages of 15 and 19 years reared in homes without fathers are significantly more likely to engage in premarital sex than adolescent females reared in homes with both a mother and a father.
–Source: Billy, John O. G., Karin L. Brewster and William R. Grady. “Contextual Effects on the Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Women.” Journal of Marriage and Family 56(1994): 381-404.

According to a Gallup Poll, 90.3 percent of Americans agree that “fathers make a unique contribution to their children’s lives.”
Gallup Poll, 1996. National Center for Fathering. “Father Figures.” Today’s Father 4.1 (1996):8.

A study assessing the level of adaptation of one-year olds found that, when left with a stranger, children whose fathers were highly involved were less likely to cry, worry, or disrupt play than other one-year olds whose fathers were less involved.  Kotelchuk, M. “The Infant’s Relationship to His Father: Experimental Evidence.” The Role of the Father in Child Development. by Michael Lamb. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1981.


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