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The necessary father

There's a crisis facing our national family: How to make room for Dad

The father is an endangered species in America. And children, families and society in general are suffering because of it. That is the conclusion of numerous recent studies on family life. Some social scientists say the crisis will wreak untold havoc in years to come.

"The most urgent domestic challenge facing the United States at the close of the 20th century is the re-creation of fatherhood as a vital social role for men," asserts David Blankenhorn in his best-selling book Fatherless America: Confronting our Most Urgent Social Problem (Basic Books, New York, 1995) .


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