This brief focuses on paternal involvement in high school. I find that young adults who as teens had involved fathers are significantly more likely to graduate from college, and that young adults from more privileged backgrounds are especially likely to have had an involved father in their lives as teens.
"Even in the best of marriages, it seems, our relationships after four years will be different than they were when we started out, and different still after nine years, 15 years and so on," our Ken Potts says. "Though there are certainly some constants as our partnerships evolve, we are, in fact, continually renewing and rewriting our marriage vows, often in surprising and profound ways."
The federal government spends $100 billion dollars every year on programs such as child support enforcement and anti-poverty efforts directed at supporting father-absent homes. What happened to fatherhood in America? Over 25 million children live apart from their biological fathers—contributing to poor maternal and infant health, incarceration, crime, teen pregnancy, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse and lack of education. How can Christians address this crisis?