Supporting parents to raise healthy children is a central goal for all family service programs, early childhood educational institutions, and social service agencies. An understanding of the protective factors can help to target services toward attributes that are proven to aid families in creating nurturing environments. For fatherhood programs and, indeed, all staff who interact with fathers, an understanding of the protective factors can support healthy father-child involvement. In some ways, the protective factors are a logical place for practitioners to focus their father-involvement strategies. The protective factors, in many ways, relate to one of the oldestand strongest archetypes of healthy fatherhood: theprotector. (Author abstract modified)
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