The Importance of Warm and Involved Dads
to Boys' Abilities and Behavior
clinician who evaluated and treated children and adolescents, parent-child
relationships were often crucial to successful outcomes. Many of the children I
saw in therapy were brought in by their mothers because of concerns about behavioral
control, learning, or both.
Baker’s 2017 article provides a nice summary of studies in her literature
review as well as a look at her study focused on father-son relationships.
psychologists, we know the generally accepted truism that fathers are important
to the development of children.
In fact, those
youngsters who have involved dads are stronger than others in both learning and
Hugs are great.
Children with warm dads were better at reading and math in Elementary and
of teens, warm and supportive father-son relationships are linked to higher
positive self-esteem, lower depression and anxiety, and less disruptive or
Claire Baker did
looked at data from 10,700 children born in 2001 in the US. The data covered
the time from birth to kindergarten.
at early skill development:
skills such as vocabulary development and number skills
and emotional skills such as attention and parent-child engagement
assessed fathers’ warm interactions and type of discipline.
combination of father’s warmth and learning stimulation predicted how well boys
scored on measures of reading and math as well as their sons’ social-emotional
more findings and complex relationship analyses, which you can read in the
journal article listed below.
Claire E. Baker at Applied Developmental Science, Human Development and
Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel
Hill, NC, USA
Baker, C. E. (2017). Father-son relationships in ethnically
diverse families: Links to boys’ cognitive and social emotional development in
preschool. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(8),
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