So, long story short: A study by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, helmed by director Deborah Cobb-Clark, states that while teenage boys without fathers are more likely to turn to crime, teen girls are unaffected.
And as the studies always find, having an involved dad is great, but just having a dad in the home cuts down boys’ involvements in criminal and delinquent activity.
Wait, wait, wait. But…what about daughters?
Cobb-Clark and company used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, concluded that “females may be less sensitive to the increasing trend towards non-marital childbearing, divorce and remarriage.”
Just for the sake of argument, here’s one solitary fact on daughters and fatherlessness, ripped straight from the National Fatherhood Initiative, widely regarded as the authority on the subject:
“A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household and sixteen percent lived with neither parent.”
Granted, that’s a study from the 1990s, but it’s pretty damning when put up against the claim that daughters aren’t affected by the absence of a father.
So you can run and tell that, Cobb-Clark.