The absence of a father can have a significant impact on children and contribute to problems such as juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and child poverty. This book explains why fatherlessness is increasing and argues that acceptance of new family structures is detrimental to the well-being of children and society. The author warns that the problem will continue to grow unless steps are taken to encourage men to become more committed to their families. He suggests that cultural attitudes must shift from individualism to interest in the good of society. Moral principles must be used to guide cultural attitudes about the role of fathers in child development, the importance of marriage and partnerships, and the need to make children feel special. Employers, religious leaders, social workers, counselors, service providers, researchers, and policymakers are urged to support marriage and family life. Numerous notes.
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