Yes, Father Absence Causes the Problems It’s Associated With
Growing up without a father is associated with a host of negative effects. But given that children from low-income families, for instance, are more likely to live apart from their father in the first place, it can be hard to tell to what extent an absent father causes the problems that father absence is associated with, and to what extent other factors related to both family structure and child outcomes (like household income) are to blame. Researchers Sara McLanahan, Laura Tach, and Daniel Schneider published a paper last year on exactly this problem. Here's what they found.