Divorce, single parents, and stepfamilies are redefining the way we live together and raise our children. Is this a change for the worse? David Popenoe sets out. Life Without a Father By David Popenoe Reader’s Digest (Canada) November , page What a man contributes to child rearing may. David Popenoe (). Life Without Father: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society .

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Fatherless families — United States. Fatherhood — United States. Fathers — United States. Paternal deprivation — United States. Children of single parents popsnoe United States. United States — Social conditions. Summary The American family is changing.

Divorce, single parents, and stepfamilies are redefining the ways we live together and raise our children. Many “experts” feel these seemingly inevitable changes should be celebrated; they claim that the “new” families, which often lack a strong father, are actually healthier than traditional two-parent families – or, at the very least, do children no harm.


But as renowned family sociologist David Popenoe shows in Life Without Father, this optimistic view is severely misguided. Examining evidence from social and behavioral science, history, and evolutionary biology, Popenoe shows why fathers today are deserting their families in record numbers.

The disintegration of the child-centered, two-parent family – especially in the inner cities, where as many as two in three children are growing up without their fathers – and the weakening commitment of fathers to their children that more and more follows divorce, are central causes of many of our worst individual and social problems.

Juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, welfare dependency, and child poverty can be directly traced to fathers’ lack of involvement in their children’s lives. Our situation will only get worse, Popenoe warns, unless men are willing to renew their commitment to their marriages and their children. Yet he is not just an alarmist. In Life Without Father, he suggests concrete policies, and new ways of thinking and acting, that will help all fathers improve their marriages and family lives, and tells us what we as individuals and as a society can do to support and strengthen the most important thing a man can do.

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