Spending more quality time with dad apparently helps youngsters develop better, according to a new study.
The research carried out by academics at the University of Newcastle also suggests that strong fatherly involvement in early childhood can improve a child’s future career prospects. Moreover, it was also found that fathers had the tendency to pay more attention to their sons than their daughters.
In the study, 11,000 British men and women born in 1958 were observed. Researchers asked their mothers how often the father participated in activities with them which includes reading, organizing outings and general “quality time”.
Their findings suggest that children whose fathers spent more quality time with them had a higher IQ. In addition, they were more socially mobile compared to children who received little attention. interestingly, the differences were still evident by the age of 42.
“The data suggest that having a second adult involved during childhood produces benefits in terms of skills and abilities that endure throughout adult life,” Dr. Daniel Nettle said.
According to Jon Davies, chief executive for, Families Need Fathers, the results of the research would hopefully push the government to reconsider separated families are often poorly served.
“We hope that research like this will lead to the government to reconsider how poorly served separated families often are and how a child needs a father as well as mother,” he said.
Father’s Love Needed for Healthy Development of Child
A father’s love is as important to youngsters as that of their mother’s, a study has concluded.
To arrive at this conclusion, Professor Ronald Rohner reviewed 36 studies from around the world involving 10,000 sons and daughters. It was found that a distant or cold father can cause damage to a child’s life, even for decades to come.
According to Professor Rohner, a father’s input to child rearing can influence a child’s potential to suffer from mental health problems or become addicted to alcohol or drugs in the future.