More Single Dads Means More Bad News for Kids
report, these households now account for nearly one quarter of all single-parent families, up from only 14 percent in 1960.While we’re pleased to see more fathers who are deeply involved in their children’s lives, this is part of a bigger and more disturbing trend. The number of single mother households more than quadrupled since 1960. Overall, 58 percent of poor and middle-class women now give birth to their first child outside of wedlock.Add these numbers together, and it’s clear that there are far too many children not getting what they need most: a stable, loving, two-parent family. Children born into single-parent homes are more likely to have emotional problems, less likely to graduate from high school, and more likely to have children out of wedlock themselves.