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From: Ross Olson [ross.olson{at}]
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 12:52 PM
To: mrosenthal{at}
Subject: fatherlessness

Why did the article on violent youth by Tara Grassia (August 2004) not mention fatherlessness as a risk factor? She vaguely cited "sociological influences starting in the home" which probably includes absence of a father, but failled to pin down the seriousness of this major influence. She did go into detail attempting to indict spanking. David Blankenhorn's Fatherless America is a good resource that unmasks the politically correct but scientifically disastrous myth that fathers are superfluous.

Ross S. Olson MD

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