All parents are profoundly affected when they hear the news that their child has been diagnosed with a disability or special need. Yet most research on children with special needs has focused almost exclusively on the role that mothers play in the lives of their children. Very little research has been conducted with fathers. However, early studies compiled by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse show that fathers have a unique way in which they react to the news of their child's diagnosed disability or special need and how they use the supports needed to positively interact with their child. (Author abstract)
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