Statistics show a strong correlation between fatherless homes and a host of other domestic problems. A Father's Day editorial in the Boston Herald credited the Massachusetts Family Institute for gathering these statistics:

In Massachusetts, the percentage of fatherless families has more than quadrupled since 1960.

In the same period, its crime rate tripled and homicides increased 100%

Since 1979, the number of juveniles in trouble in its justice system has grown 90%. The adult prison population tripled.

“It's not just his financial contribution” that is important, said the Herald, “but the discipline and the model of love, understanding and guidance a father provides.”