SuperDads: Managing Expectations of Modern Fathers
Being A Super Dad
By Wayne Parker, About.com Guide
In 1996, the Gallup Organization conducted an opinion poll called "Fathers in America." This poll was one of the most comprehensive ever looking at attitudes of and about fathers and their roles in society. Some of the most interesting results of the poll are summarized below:
- In response to the statement, "The most significant family, or social problem facing America is the physical absence of the father from the home, " 79.1% of poll respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement.
- In response to the statement, "It's important for children to live in a home with both their mother and father," 90.9% of respondents agreed.
- 54% of respondents felt that most fathers did not know what was going on in their children's lives.
- When fathers were asked about their relationship with their employers, 61.1% of them felt they would be more productive at work if their employers implemented more family friendly policies.
- An estimated 24.7 million children in the United States (36.3% of all children) live absent from their biological father.
- Today nearly 4 out of 10 first marriages end in divorce, 60% of divorcing couples have children, and over one million children each year experience the divorce of their parents.
- About 40% of the children who live in fatherless households haven't seen their fathers in at least a year while 50% of children who don't live with their fathers have never stepped foot in their father's home.
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