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Three reasons for dads to get involved – Psychology Today

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 09-06-2010

Does anyone know the studies that back up these three claims? I tend to believe at least number 1, but the other two, while I’d like them to be true, aren’t as obviously true given other factors

First, it’s good for your kid. As pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton says, “When men are involved with their children, the children’s I.Q. increases by the time they are six or seven.” Brazelton adds that with a father’s involvement, “the child is more likely to have a sense of humor, to develop a sort of inner excitement, to believe in himself or herself, and to be more motivated to learn.” Second, it’s good for you. Research indicates that actively involved fathers are more likely to have satisfying marriages and rewarding careers. Third, it’s good for your partner. Make no mistake about it, child-rearing is high on the stress list. The more support mothers get from fathers, the stronger the partnership.

[From The Essential Dad | Psychology Today]