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IMPORTANCE OF A FATHER’S ROLE: A LOOK AT MISSISSIPI, USA

IMPORTANCE OF A FATHER’S ROLE: A LOOK AT MISSISSIPI, USA

By WordAssembly in Uncategorized on June 29, 2015

Text: Malachi 4:5-6

Religious Statistics: 

  • As of 2012, Mississippi is considered the most religious state, with 59% of Mississippians considering themselves “very religious.”
  • When asked whether religion is important in their lives, 82% of Mississipians said yes.
  • Mississippi has the highest percentage of children who attend weekly religious services (72%).
  • Mississippi also leads the nation in weekly church attendance (60%), in the frequency of daily prayer (77%), and in the number of people who believe in God (91%). 

Sample Issue: Fatherlessness 

  • According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant social problem facing America. Source: National Center for Fathering, Fathering in America Poll, January, 1999.
  • Mississippi has the highest percentage of children living in single parent homes (48%).
  • 85% of all children exhibiting behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. SOURCE: What Can the Federal Government do to Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? National Institute of Justice, 1998, page 11.
  • 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes. SOURCE: What Can the Federal Government do to Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? National Institute of Justice, 1998, page 11.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. SOURCE: What Can the Federal Government do to Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? National Institute of Justice, 1998, page 11.
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. SOURCE: What Can the Federal Government do to Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? National Institute of Justice, 1998, page 11.
  • Boys who grow up with absent fathers are 2X as likely to end up in jail. SOURCE: “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.
  • Boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers are more likely to have gender identity issues. SOURCE: P.L. Adams, J.R. Milner, and N.A. Schrepf, Fatherless Children, New York, Wiley Press, 1984.

Results of Fatherlessness: 

  • Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation.
  • Mississippi has the 2nd highest unemployment rate in the nation.
  • Mississippi has the 2nd highest domestic violence rate in the nation.
  • Mississippi has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the nation. SOURCE: American Association of Suicidology, 2003.
  • Mississippi has the lowest percentage of people who have completed high school in the nation.
  • In 2008, Mississippi ranked 50th out of 50 in academic achievement by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
  • Mississippi ranks 49th out of 50 states as the least healthy and with the least amount of physical exercise.
  • Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation.
  • The state is ranked 50th among all the states in health care.
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