Father Figure Essay

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When someone thinks about the definition of a father, he or she thinks about the support, care, love, and knowledge a father gives to his offspring. Most people automatically believe that biological fathers, along with the mothers, raise their children. However, that is not always the case. There are many children across the world who are raised without their father. These children lack a father figure. People do not realize how detrimental the lack of a father figure can be to the child, both mentally and emotionally. Enrolling boys between the ages of 5 to 16 without father figures in programs, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, that involve building a relationship with someone who can ...view middle of the document...

While growing up, children absorb a lot of information in their brain. In order for a child to be raised correctly, a father needs to have rules and principles that a child will follow and will have something to live by. A father is a teacher; he is supposed to teach his children right from wrong. A father is essential so that there are no developmental issues while his children grow up (Nwele 12).
Although many people do not realize how important a father is, the importance of his presence cannot be overstated. Children who are raised without a father have a hard time developing both mentally and emotionally. Studies even show that children without fathers face more academic challenges than children whose fathers are in their lives. Not only do children without fathers have difficulty in doing well in school, (paying attention in class, understanding the material, homework, and testing) but they may also find making friends and building relationships with students and teachers. If these children cannot become friends with other children their age and similar personalities, what are they going to do in the future when they are looking for jobs?
One of the studies previously mentioned takes samples of three kinds of boys: boys who have involved, residential father (IRF), boys who have uninvolved, nonresidential fathers (UNF), and boys who have involved, nonresidential fathers (INF). The study used each of the boys’ cumulative high school GPA, amount of discipline referrals, and total number of days absent to perform tests to find if there was any significance between academic success and the boy’s family structure (Corlew 83). After running significance tests, the study demonstrated that the boys who have involved, residential fathers did statistically better in school than boys with uninvolved, nonresidential fathers and involved, nonresidential fathers. The results revealed that IRF had statistically significant higher GPA, lower discipline referrals, and lower absences compared to the UNF. Meanwhile, when comparing UNF and INF, there were no statistically significant differences, which confirms that the having a nonresidential father affects the academic success of the high school male (89).
Building relationships with people should not be very hard. Also it is essential to know how to build relationships with people because these people may make one happy and they may ease one’s life, simply with their presence. Some of these children end up being depressed because of the lack of a father figure. This is clearly not healthy for a child growing up. Also, when this fatherless boy grows old and finds a special someone that they want to spend the rest of their life with and they have a child, he will not know how to act because he does not know what a father is supposed to act like. Not only will they lack this knowledge, but studies show that these men constantly pressure themselves to be great fathers and sometimes this pressure hurts them in...

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