What Happens If Children Are Raised Without a Father?
Raising a child without a father is certainly not an easy thing. Life without a father figure can be caused by the divorce of parents or the death of the father. Whatever the reason, the absence of a father in the family certainly has its own impact on the little one. The following article will find out how the psychological condition of a child without a father is?
Ideally, children need to be raised by two parents because there are differences in the function of the roles of mothers and fathers in their growth and development and character formation. Here are some of the psychological effects of children being raised without a father figure.
A child raised without a father has the potential to feel abandoned, unwanted, worried about himself, and other similar feelings. Not infrequently, the little one feels that he is the reason why his father left him. Children who are raised without a father often blame themselves for their condition.
-Difficult to adjust
In addition, children who are raised without a father often have problems in attitude and behavior. He often finds it difficult to adjust to his environment. In fact, he may even bully friends. Usually, bullying or intimidating behavior he uses to hide feelings of fear, nervousness, and happiness because he grew up without a father figure. In addition, he is more at risk of committing criminal acts as an adult, such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and other criminal acts.
-Disordered academic ability
Apparently, the psychological impact of a child being raised without a father figure can also affect his academic ability. He tends to drop out of school at the age of 16. Meanwhile, he is also more at risk of experiencing learning disorders. Take for example, children may have difficulty counting and reading while still in elementary school or unable to follow lessons at school.
-Sexual health problems
A teenager, especially a girl, who was raised without a father figure has the potential to experience sexual health problems. In fact, girls are at risk of having sex before the age of 16. Worse yet, the psychology of daughters without a father figure may tend to be more daring to have free sex. As a result, he has a greater potential for contracting venereal diseases Not only that, girls who are raised without a father figure have the potential to get pregnant while still in their teens.
-Vulnerable to exploitation and abuse
As previously mentioned, children raised without a father do have a higher risk of abuse. Not only physical abuse, children may experience emotional as well as sexual abuse. Compared to children raised by both parents, children's psychological health problems are 4 times more likely to occur in children who live without a father.
-Possible physical and mental health disorders
Not only affects psychology, without a father figure in their growth and development, children also have the potential to get sick. Children raised by incomplete parents, such as single parents or orphans, are more likely to develop asthma, headaches, and stomach pain. In fact, there was a possibility that he would experience unexplained pain. This condition is related to psychosomatic disorders, in which several diseases arise due to physical and mental conditions. Meanwhile, psychological disorders of fatherless children also include anxiety disorders, depression, and suicidal tendencies.
- Troubled with responsibilities
As adults, those who grew up without a father tend to be unemployed, have low incomes, and even have no place to live or are homeless. In fact, 90% of children who run away from home and live on the street or in shelters are usually fatherless. In addition, relationships with the opposite sex are disrupted, tend to be more likely to get divorced, or get pregnant out of wedlock.
Although not all of the above possibilities are true, there are many negative things that will happen if you raise a child without a father figure. Hopefully all single parents can overcome it and hopefully all children without a father can become successful children. In the next article, maybe I will discuss how to raise children well even without a father figure. So thank you for reading, Hopefully useful.
We are learning. Fathers have great impact on the children.