Alarming Statistics

Alarming Statistics on Today's Family

(Center For Parent/Youth Understanding- Facts About Teenagers Today)
Commonly held standards of right and wrong are being shattered by a new wave of moral relativism.  66% of the population believes that absolute truth cannot be known.
More and more children and teens are sexually active. By the time they graduate from high school, 7 out 10 girls and 8 out of 10 boys will have had sexual intercourse.
The physical and spiritual consequences of teen sexual activity are severe. More than one million teenage girls in the United States become pregnant every year. Over 2.5 million new adolescent cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur every year.
Rates of substance abuse among children and teens are skyrocketing. Not surprising, 38% of all eight graders have experimented with illicit drugs. Over 80% of today's graduating seniors will have used alcohol, 42% will have used marijuana, and 52% will have used illicit drugs.
Teen violence is on the rise. Between 1988 and 1992, the arrests of juvenile homicide offenders climbed 93%. An estimated 270,000 guns are carried to school each day.
The pain of growing up in today's world has left many kids hopeless. Suicide rates among American high school students have quadrupled in the last four decades. Sadly, 10% of adolescent boys and 18% of adolescent girls have made some attempt to take their own life.
From paper by Daleena Marie Harker-Carter
Building Strong Families
"30% of all families and 63% of black families are headed be single-parents"
(Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"One child in four is in a single-parent home" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"American Demographics predicts that by 2010, the number of single-parents in the U.S. will increase to 9.5 million-another 12%" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"45% of female-headed families with children at home live in poverty" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"25% of all births are out of wedlock, compared to 11% in 1970" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"There were nearly 370,000 births to unmarried teens ages 15-19 in 1991, up 31% from 1985" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"Single-parent fathers have increased from 9 to 14% since 1970 -approximately 18%" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"Three million children under 18 live with one or more grandparent" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"About half of all marriages now end in divorce" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"Only 4% of white unmarried mothers are college graduates" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"50% of single-moms get no child support and their children do not see their fathers on a regular basis" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"Approximately 60% of all children born in America today are expected to spend some part of their childhood in a single-parent home" (Single Ministry Resource, 1995, p. 1).
"The divorce rate increased by 279% from 1970 to 1992" (Stanton, 1995, p. 1).
"The 1980 census reported that 42 percent of households in America are headed by a woman and that nine out of every ten single-parent homes are headed be a mother rather than a father" (Barnes, 1992, p. 37).
"With divorce, unlike death, one parent voluntarily leaves the family. It is this reason, the absent parent puts the family members in a emotional crisis" (Harker-Carter, 1997, p. 8).
"Changing family structure also accounted for 48 percent of the increase during the 1980's in deep poverty, and 59 percent of the rise in relative poverty among U.S. children" (Stanton, 1995, p. 17).
"In 1960, children in female-headed families were three times more likely to be poor (as measured by the official rate) than were children living with both parents. By 1988, these children were five times more likely to be officially poor" (Stanton, 1995, p. 17).
"Children from single-parent families have a lower earning potential in young adulthood and a greater chance of living in poverty. Living in a single family for just two years or more 1) reduces wages for white and black males, 2) reduces economic well-being for white men and women and black men, and 3) increases welfare dependence for white men and women. These finding have led Garfinkel and McLanahan to conclude: Families headed by women with children are the poorest of all demographic groups regardless of how poverty is measure … Offspring from such families than are children who grow up with two parents" (Stanton, 1995, p. 17).
"70 percent of the delinquents in state reform institutions grew up in single-parent or no-parent families, and a similar fraction of all adolescent murders share that background" (Stanton, 1995, p. 20).
"…children from divorce families are twice as likely to have dropped out of school than children from intact families" (Stanton, 1995, p. 13).

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