Dads’ Resource Center Analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997

The Dads’ Resource Center has completed an analysis of the most recent data available from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97 Data Overviewwhich looked at outcomes for the children from households with both biological parents compared to those without a biological father in the household. In every metric that was analyzed children raised in a home without their father have struggled in life much more than those who were raised in homes with both of their parents. This was true regardless of race or gender. 

The NLSY97 is a nationally representative sample of men and women born between 1980 and 1984 living in the United States. Survey participants, now aged 37 to 41, have completed their young adult years. To provide some context as to how detrimental father absence is we have projected the total number of adults in Pennsylvania and the United States who likely have been similarly impacted based on the percentages found in the NLSY97 group: 

DRC NLSY97 Executive Summary PA
DRC NLSY97 Executive Summary US