Happy Fathers’ Day: Research Shows Dads Play Key Role in Raising Healthy Children

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– As Fathers’ Day approaches this Sunday, research shows fathers can have a tremendous influence on their children and the absence of fathers can be particularly harmful.The Fatherhood Project reports that:

  • Children who feel a closeness to their father are twice as likely as those who do not to enter college. They are also 75% less likely to have a teen birth, 80% less likely to spend time in jail, and half as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms.

  • Father involvement using authoritative parenting (loving and with clear boundaries and expectations) leads to better emotional, academic, social, and behavioral outcomes for children.
  • Father absence hinders development from early infancy throughout childhood and into adulthood. The psychological harm of father absence experienced during childhood persists throughout the life course.
  • Father engagement reduces the frequency of behavioral problems in boys while also decreasing delinquency and economic disadvantage in low-income families.
  • For more information, visit http://www.thefatherhoodproject.org/

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