More evidence links lack of adult males to violent youth

Dec 12, 2013 by Laurel Thomas Gnagey
More evidence links lack of adult males to violent youth

In areas where adult men are scarce, young people are 36 percent more likely to commit assaults, a research team led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health has shown.

The team found that the proportion of the population lacking a high school degree also is associated with the likelihood of of 10-to-24-year-olds. These two factors explain more than two-thirds of the variation in the rate of adolescent assaults.

The study in the Journal of Community Psychology is the first to show a community-level association between the scarcity of and adolescent violence, said Daniel Kruger, research assistant professor at the U-M School of Public Health.

"Father absence is a risk factor for a range of adverse outcomes at the individual level," he said, adding that behaviors from promiscuity to violence often are found in populations where fathers are absent. "In areas where men are scarce in proportion to women, family dynamics and relationships with women are considerably altered."

When women outnumber men—who have become scarce because of factors that include job loss, death or incarceration—there are more single-parent, female-led homes and lower marriage rates, Kruger said.

"Male incentives for long-term commitment in romantic relationships and investment in children are diminished due to the increased availability of female partners," he said.

Kruger and colleagues Sophie Aiyer, Cleo Caldwell and Marc Zimmerman used data from the Flint (Mich.) Police Department to calculate average monthly assault rates and compared it with sociodemographic data from the 2000 U.S. Decennial Census.

Their research adds to other recent work from the Fathers and Sons program, part of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center at the U-M School of Public Health.

This summer, the center released a related study that showed nonresidential fathers who make an effort to be part of their pre-adolescent sons' lives can help avoid violent behaviors.

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More information: Kruger DJ, Aiyer SM, Caldwell CH, Zimmerman MA. LOCAL SCARCITY OF ADULT MEN PREDICTS YOUTH ASSAULT RATES. J. Community Psychol. 2014;42(1):119-125. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21597

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freethinking
2.3 / 5 (12) Dec 12, 2013
Yup, Christians and Conservatives have been saying this for a long time men are needed in the lives of Children. It has been Progressives and their policies that have driven men away.

kochevnik
2.1 / 5 (9) Dec 12, 2013
@freeOfThinking If you religionists did something useful, instead of "saying" empty words, perhaps more men would be with their families
Moebius
2.7 / 5 (7) Dec 12, 2013
One of the reasons why gay marriage is wrong, why divorce is wrong and why women's rights are wrong for the long term health of our society. The truth hurts sometimes and isn't always politically correct.

The sad truth is there are 2 separate intelligent species on earth and one needs to be dominant or there will eventually not be 2 species, we will merge into one lesser species.
AkiBola
3 / 5 (5) Dec 12, 2013
This will be the lead story on MSNBC / Sharpton tonight.

LOL. Like never.
Sean_W
3 / 5 (7) Dec 12, 2013
This study was funded by PATRIARCHY.

In other news: "Male incentives for long-term commitment in romantic relationships and investment in children are diminished due to the increased availability of female partners," he said."

Bull, says I. What lack of incentives there are for men are a result of the state actively encouraging women to leave their husbands because they deserve "more" and don't need a man, then giving all custody rights to the woman and throwing men in jail or removing their car and professional licences--rendering them unemployable--the moment they lose the ability to pay one child support cheque.

Men need an ex-wife like a bicycle needs a fish.
rockwolf1000
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 12, 2013
Men need an ex-wife like a bicycle needs a fish.


That's funny!
obama_socks
1.9 / 5 (8) Dec 13, 2013
Yup, Christians and Conservatives have been saying this for a long time men are needed in the lives of Children. It has been Progressives and their policies that have driven men away.

- freethinking

This is true. One man (dad) and one woman (mom) together raising their children are the backbone of a traditional family.

Unfortunately, it is the Liberals/Progressives/Socialists/neo-Communists who have encouraged and enabled the concept of Womens' Liberation to take hold in America (and other countries), and fostered the idea in some men that they are not needed to round out the normal traditional family. Children need good role models to emulate and learn from. No other family group, not even grandparents can take the place of a mother and father who are in a loving relationship with each other.
Children who see both parents in their home are less likely to get into trouble and will most often copy the good habits of their parents.
obama_socks
1.6 / 5 (7) Dec 13, 2013
@kochevnik

Creationists and probably all the rest, even atheists, have the ability to marry and form a good traditional family for the children they will have. Religious clergy always encourage married couples to stay together for the sake of their children. There are "marriage encounter" groups that are moderated by church clergy to help married couples get over difficulties and learn how to respect each other and get along.

Strangely, some men - and some women - are just not good marriage material and have a different agenda that trumps a loving marriage. In that case, sometimes the kids may find a better mom or dad in a step-parent to take the place of their birth mother or father. Some men and women don't mind making babies but get tired of their baby after the novelty wears off...and they leave.

But the kids who are left behind are the ones who suffer the most. They feel unloved and unwanted when only one parent is around. That is a huge problem in any country.
JRi
1 / 5 (3) Dec 13, 2013
Guys that have grown up without father are often different from rest of the population. If they are straight, they tend to favor military stuff, fighting sports. They have taken their role model from Rambo and other action movies. If they are gay, they seem to seek father (ie. older) guy as their partner.
bertibus
3 / 5 (4) Dec 13, 2013
"In areas where adult men are scarce..."
That would include virtually every grade school in the Western world where male teachers have been driven out by a relentless, defamatory drumbeat of misandry.
kochevnik
1.8 / 5 (4) Dec 13, 2013
Guys that have grown up without father are often different from rest of the population. If they are straight, they tend to favor military stuff, fighting sports. They have taken their role model from Rambo and other action movies. If they are gay, they seem to seek father (ie. older) guy as their partner.
Interesting you say that. Most of the women I know have a fetish for male military types, and some even put the military on par with their religion. Is the boy taking on these warped female values as his own? That combined with an overemphasis on protecting females could create a "warped warrior" personality. Warriors have a function in society but their most valuable skill is discretion. A "warped warrior" would be more inclined to be cannon fodder or a bully
tdw
1 / 5 (3) Dec 14, 2013
http://www.thepub...0/10996/
"A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada
There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children's flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates."
Noumenon
2.3 / 5 (6) Dec 14, 2013
This will be the lead story on MSNBC / Sharpton tonight.

LOL. Like never.


He would have to admit to the failed black subculture and that the racial-grievance industry is a fraud. Since this is counter to his profit motive and exposes the damage done by the democrats advocation of gov welfare dependancy and victimization,... it is highly unlikely.

VENDItardE
1 / 5 (3) Dec 14, 2013
would have been much easier for the study to state that black adolescent males are more prone to violence.
barakn
1 / 5 (1) Dec 14, 2013
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/10/10996/
"A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada. -tdw
The author of that article decidedly did not ask how the children ended up attached to a same-sex couple, despite the obvious fact that the children can only be the biological children of at most one of the parents. The possibilities are many. Divorce or separation of a closeted or bisexual individual from an opposite sex partner after having a child or children. Remarriage of a closeted or bisexual individual after having a child or children followed by the death of the opposite sex partner. Adoption. Rape. We can then ask whether any children, regardless of whether their parents are of the same or of mixed gender, do as well when they are the result of a rape, or have been adopted, or have been through a divorce, or have had a parent die. And of course they don't.
barakn
1 / 5 (1) Dec 15, 2013
But we run up against a familiar conservative tactic: blame the victim. It's easy to do. Just forget the unusual path that brought each of these children to the door of a lesbian or gay couple. Then blame that couple for absolutely everything that goes wrong. The gay couple that adopted the 5-year old that grew up in a Romanian orphanage. The lack of human contact in the orphanage led to attachment disorder, but be sure to blame the child's anger issues on the fact that the parents have too many penises. A child watches her father abuse her mother repeatedly. The mother is so hurt by the abuse that after she divorces she switches teams. Be sure to blame the child's attention deficit in school on the fact that mommy's nice new partner has a vagina, not on the fact that his father is a monster.
Noumenon
1.8 / 5 (5) Dec 15, 2013
@barakn, what does all that non-sense have to do with the above study?