Non-Resident Fathers and Child Development.

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National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
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NRFC Quick Statistics and Research Reviews
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This research brief covers the different stages of child development and highlights the impact non-resident fathers have on each stage of child development. This brief shows the correlation between a father’s regular presence in a child’s life and healthy cognitive development in infants & toddlers (0-2) and early childhood (2-6). Social development and academic performance are shown to be negatively impacted by the lack of fatherhood involvement in the older childhood development stages of middle childhood (7-10), early adolescence (11-14), and late adolescence (15-18). Regular and continued contact between and father and child has an overall positive impact on the child’s development.

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