Studies show having an absent father increases behavioral disorders and dropout rates, but the lingering emotional toll can be even more severe.
Dr. Jeffrey Shears, Director of the Joint Master of Social Work Program at NC A&T, shared his research on the topic. He highlights shocking statistics that "63% of youth suicides, 85% of children with behavioral disorders, 71% of high school dropouts, 70% of youth in state institutions, and 85% of rapists motivated by displaced anger are all from fatherless homes."
He says, these facts prove exploring the mental health of fatherless youth in regards to anger must take place. His analysis is featured in a documentary called, "Spit'in Anger." The film is currently on a national tour, and showcases the issues young African American men endure due to an absent father.
You can watch the documentary Thursday, February 27th at Proctor Hall at NC A&T. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7p.m. It's free to get in and open to the public.