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Not true! Sociologist says the majority of Jamaican men are involved in their children's lives

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison
Guest speaker, Orville Taylor, Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies addresses the audience during Bridgeport Primary School's Lucheon and Awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel recently.

SOCIOLOGIST DR Orville Taylor has urged Jamaicans not to buy into the misguided notion that fathers are not involved in the lives of their children.

"I dare you to tell me of any community in Jamaica where the majority of households don't have a father. You can't tell of any because it is simply not true," stated Taylor, while addressing a pre-Father's Day dinner and awards ceremony at the church of the Holy Trinity in Old Harbour, St Catherine, last Saturday.

Quoting from a 2006 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, Taylor said 80 per cent of children in Jamaica have both parents involved in their lives, in some way.

"The great majority of fathers in Jamaica are involved in the lives of their children, one way or the other. Furthermore, four out of every five children, from 0 to eight years, have a father playing some role in their lives," the University of the West Indies senior lecturer informed the gathering.

He decried those whom he said have no time to engage youths.

"I refuse to accept that the only time to engage the youths on the street corners is when there is a campaign, and their votes are needed or when there is a crusade and you want them to attend," he said.

The pre-Father's Day dinner and award was hosted by the church's Mother's Union. Six outstanding fathers were honoured - Lawson Foster, Richard Francis, Enorth Langott, Ricardo Palmer, Lincoln Phillips and Avier Roberts.

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