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7 of the Worst Stereotypes About Black Fathers

Men Who Grew Up Without Fathers Won’t Make Good Fathers

There’s no disputing the effect fatherlessness has on children’s lives. Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor, and being raised without a father raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree. However, men who didn’t grow up with their fathers are not incapable of being good fathers themselves — an assumption disproportionately assigned to Black men, who are more likely to be raised by single mothers. Strong evidence of this is contained in the statistics that African-American fathers spend more time in their children’s day-to-day lives than dads from other racial groups.

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