Dad Deprivation and the Boy Crisis: The Essential Role of Today’s Fathers in Preparing Tomorrow’s Fathers

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Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Scott Lekan, Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Dr. Warren Farrell, Author, The Boy Crisis, Mill Valley, California
Year Published
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session

A boy crisis, fueled by dad deprivation, is expanding in the 63 largest developed nations. Research shows that on average, dad-deprived boys (and girls) do worse in every academic subject and in “failure to launch.” Dad-deprived boys are more likely to have poor mental health, abuse substances, and attempt suicide.

Dr. Farrell presented the case that dad-deprived boys experience both a “dad void” and a “purpose void.” He offered solutions in the spheres of family, school, and government. He also explored why addressing the boy crisis is key to the nation’s economic security and to building strong, healthy dads, families, and communities of tomorrow.

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