Paternal negligence

Other Names:
Absent fathers
Irresponsible fatherhood
Paternal deprivation
Male parental irresponsibility
Surrendered father role

It is generally easier for men to avoid the responsibilities of parenthood than women. Following divorce or the breakup of a relationship, fathers may be reluctant to provide any support for children engendered during that relationship. Reluctance to provide support may sometimes stem from a desire for revenge. More often it is out of necessity.


In Russian single mothers are subjected to isolation and social disapproval, but men who abandon their families, or even several families, are not censured. Public opinion accepts fathers who do not pay child support, blaming the women for her poverty.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 5: Gender Equality
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST