A new report shows that fathers do play a key role in kids` development. Even though there is still a long way to go, nowadays dads in the States are involved in their children`s life more than ever. For example, in 2012, the Census Bureau reported 2 million single fathers.
This number represents a significant increase, with more than 50 percent than a similar report released in 2002. Although the news is not that new, this research comes to back-up the previous studies developed around the same topic.
With only six days to go until Father`s day, an occasion on which everybody celebrates dads across America and their key role in kids` development, this study confirms an already known reality. Dr. Michael Yogman, one of the authors of the report, mentions:
“It’s beneficial for kids. Fathers aren’t just ‘redundant,’ doing the same things as mothers do,” added Yogman, who chairs the academy’s committee on psychosocial aspects of child and family health.
However, Dr. Yogman adds, it is important not to understand the word “father” in the very strict sense of a biological dad. In this context, the word “father” can be replaced by any male figure present the child`s life, be it a grandfather, uncle, concubine or a dad that does not permanently live with his kids.
The study argues that the father`s involvement can reduce depression symptoms and improve behavioral problems. Moreover, children that benefited from their father`s presence registered a lower rate of teen pregnancy.
Also, according to the same study, young infants tend to develop better language skills through the time they spend with their dads. With the risk of confirming preconceived notions about masculinity and femininity, Dr. Yogman adds:
“It’s a stereotype, but it’s true that fathers do more of the rough-and-tumble style of play. They often encourage their children to explore and take risks, while mothers offer stability and safety. There’s room for both.”
Published on June 13th in the Journal called “Pediatrics,” this study confirms that the role of the father is not redundant within the dynamics of a family. Better defined as complementary to the role of mothers, this study should encourage the dads across the States to involve themselves in their children`s life, as they have a key role in the kids` development.
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