What Do Fathers Contribute to Children's Well-Being?

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Year Published
2003
Author (Individual)
Le Menestrel, S.
Resource Type
Fact Sheet
Resource Format
Unbound

This brief highlights findings from research about the impact of father involvement on child development and well-being. The literature includes studies of intact families, as well as families in which children do not live with their father. In general, the research indicates that fathers can have a significant impact on cognitive development, academic achievement, and social development, especially when they participate in child care tasks and utilize a warm and nurturing parenting style. Child support is associated with positive cognitive, academic, and behavioral outcomes for children who do not live with their fathers. 15 notes.

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