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1. Having no living father.
2. Having no known father.

fa′ther·less·ness n.
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the state of being fatherless
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The well-documented, terrible consequences of fatherlessness (Popenoe, 1996) are, indeed, a dreadful "curse" for children, fathers, families, and communities, and provide empirical evidence that divine concern about distance in this relationship is not misplaced.
The key issue is to avoid bringing more people into the cycle of welfare, illegitimacy, fatherlessness, crime, more illegitimacy, and more welfare.
The problems aligned with fatherlessness are analyzed, and modest proposals are proffered to re-establish fathering as central to a child's growth and development within American society.
We hear all kinds of things about fatherlessness these days.
"Numerous research studies suggest there is a correlation between fatherlessness and crime.
In his quest to be the best dad his kids could have, he studied, applied and shared what he learned and one of those is the realization that most of the issues of the youth today boils down to one thing - fatherlessness. Most young people are lost, because they didn't have their fathers guiding them while they were growing up.
"Studies all over the world have agreed that virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness and dysfunctional families.
A Father's Legacy tells the story of the vision a father can cast for his family and it forces one to stand still at the fatherlessness or else the negative legacy of so many Namibian fathers.
More and more children are growing in a state of fatherlessness due to broken families and child-rearing outside of marriage.
This social trend calls for a reappraisal of the notions of father absence and fatherlessness in light of the involvement of social fathers.
They prioritized the restoration of African American men to their normative roles as breadwinners, husbands, and fathers; to the extent poor men were unable to take their proper place as heads of households, measures to identify and hold them responsible for financial support could at least mitigate the social, economic, and psychological devastation of fatherlessness. At the other end of the spectrum were feminist and welfarist advocates who emphasized women's sexual, reproductive, and economic autonomy, truly equal employment opportunity and access to good jobs but also the freedom to devote themselves to family care without being forced to depend upon a man for financial support.