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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!? Why do American dads get such a bad rap?

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American fathers get a bad rap. Unfairly stereotyped by critics left and right, male and female, at best the American father is generally portrayed as a second class parent.  Worse still are the common images of fathers as deadbeats, philanderers, and abusers. However, research indicates that the overwhelming majority of American fathers are none of these.

Bad Rap #1 Men often desert their wives and children.

Actually, two-thirds or more of all divorces involving couples with children are initiated by mothers, not fathers.

A randomized study of 46,000 divorce cases published in the American Journal of Law and Economics found that in only 6% of cases women claimed to be divorcing abusive husbands, and that adultery was cited by women as a cause of divorce only slightly more than by men.  Surveys of divorced couples show that the reasons for their divorces are generally a lack of closeness or of "not feeling loved and appreciated." It is usually women, not men, who are abandoning their spouses.

Bad Rap #2 Many, if not most, divorced and unwed fathers are "deadbeat dads."

Studies show that the overwhelming majority of steadily employed divorced fathers pay their child support.  According to a US Government Accounting Office report, two-thirds of those fathers who do not pay their child support fail to do so because they are financially unable to do so, a figure verified by single mothers' explanations of why their exes were not paying child support. Most "dead beat dads" are either poor, unemployed, disabled, or in prison. Overall, 75% of the nearly $15 billion in child support owed annually is paid.

Join us as we discuss more ideas of what some call a "Bad Rap" towards American fathers that will be discussed on DPRADIOXL on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm on Blogtalkradio.