How to be Good

Crime & Security, Systems thinking

Almost 40% of young people today grow up without their biological father present in their home. For African-Americans in the US, two thirds grow up without their biological father. This often affects young people’s moral and emotional development very negatively. A 2005 study of 3,400 middle schoolers in the US, for exmple, indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder.

Around 40% of US prison inmates grew up in fatherless homes. 70% of rapists in the US grew up in fatherless homes.Young men are growing up without being taught the values that fathers traditionally pass on, such as learning how to follow a career, learning to take risks in the world, learning how to compete, including learning how to cope with failure.

The Scientific and Medical Network Blog: How to be Good.

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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