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Study Shows Absence of a Father Raises Delinquency Rate in Boys

People have generally known for years that when a child grows up in a single-parent home, he or she faces challenges and difficulties that those children with both parents present do not tend to face.  However, researchers continue to study this issue in an attempt to identify problems before they arise so that steps can be taken to minimize the harm endured by children in this situation.  A recent study was conducted with this in mind, and it yielded at least one rather surprising result.

Specifically, researchers in Australia used data from the United States to analyze how often children who grew up without a father in the home tended to encounter trouble as they grew older.  This trouble generally consisted of delinquent behavior that included criminal trouble, trouble at school and general risk-taking leanings that were not present in children who had both parents in their homes.

The study concluded that adolescent boys tended to engage in delinquent behavior at a much higher rate than their counterparts who had their fathers present.  Surprisingly, though, the study concluded that girls whose fathers were not present in the home did not tend to engage in delinquent behavior at an appreciably higher rate than their two-parent counterparts.  Experts have yet to offer much in the way of theories that would help to explain these findings.

San Diego Child Custody Lawyers

While the findings in this study are interesting, they should still tell parents that a father’s role in the life of his children is critically important for many different reasons.  Therefore, fathers who face a battle over the custody of his children should take as many steps as possible to ensure that he will be putting his best foot forward in an attempt to remain an integral part of his children’s lives.

If you face the possibility of fighting for the custody of your children, you need to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.