Posted By Jennie Chancey on May 23, 2011
Two stints in prison, rehab and a probation officer failed to inspire Mike DeBoer to give up the drugs. Dirty diapers, peanut butter sandwiches, playing “tickle monster” with a giggly redhead who smiles his daddy’s smile — that’s what did it.
“My dad wasn’t there for me,” said DeBoer, 30, a thick, muscular man with a shaved head and five o’clock shadow, pausing to coo at his now-17-month-old son. “There’s nothing in the world that’s gonna keep me from being there for my little man.”
One-third of American children are growing up, as DeBoer did, without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In the past 50 years, the percentage of children who live with two married parents has dropped 22 points. During that same time, the number of babies born to unwed mothers jumped from 5 percent to 40 percent.
The growing trend of father absence could have grave implications for society, researchers say, because having dad around has been linked to important developments in a child’s physical, emotional and behavioral health. At the same time, though, research indicates it’s not enough just to have a male figure in the home.
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