Elizabeth Mehren, Los Angeles Times, 3/8/1995
For the first time, Blankenhorn said—citing data from his just–published book, “Fatherless America” (Basic Books)—more than half of U.S. children will spend “a significant” part of childhood without a father in the home. Births to unwed mothers are skyrocketing. Thirty percent of all children are born to unmarried women, he reports, and for African American children, the figure is 68%. But Blankenhorn thinks the problem is even broader. “The crisis we have today is not simply an absence of fathers, but an absence of ideals and ideas for fathers,” he said.