But there is another finding they as well as others before and since came about which is most intriguing. Boys who live with only their fathers do not have the same problems as boys who have no father figure. This means that if a boy lives with his father and his father has not remarried, than the boy is less likely to run afoul than those in all other family structures aside from a two-parent household. Does this mean that a father and a father alone is sufficient to raise a young boy but any family structure not involving a father falls short, regardless of how loving and secure it may seem It is a fascinating possibility and one that, because of my background, I take a personal interest in. It is important to know how to best raise a child so that they may lead more productive lives down the road and not be forever scarred as adults. In this case we focus on young men because research strongly suggests that the absence of a father impacts young men far more than it does young women (Elium 12).
Often times the emotional role that a father can play in a child's life is overlooked. It has long been assumed that a woman can provide all the needs for a child, that the father's main