Power of Involved Fathers Research Summary

TOPIC + OBJECTIVE

Identifying benefits to children

of involved fathers

 

On the topic of grades and behavior, children of involved fathers:

  • Enjoy school more

  • Do better in school

  • Participate in extracurricular activities

  • Are more patient and less likely to get stressed or frustrated in school

  • Are less likely to repeat a grade

  • Have fewer school behavior problems

Children of involved, nurturing and playful fathers:

  • Have higher IQs as well as better linguistic and cognitive capacities

  • Are more intellectually developed

  • Have better verbal skills, intellectual functioning and academic achievement

Children of warm, involved fathers:

  • Enjoy school more

  • Do better in school

  • Participate in extracurricular activities

  • Are more patient and less likely to get stressed or frustrated in school

  • Are less likely to repeat a grade

  • Have fewer school behavior problems

On the note of social competence, children who feel accepted by their fathers:

  • Have higher levels of social competence and fewer conduct problems

  • Score higher on tests of personal moral judgment, moral values, and rule-following

In order to promote self-esteem and confidence, involved fathers:

  • Are a crucial factor in determining whether their child develops the confidence and competence to meet new challenges in a positive manner

  • Have children who grow up as adults to be more tolerant and understanding and engaged in more socially responsible behavior than those with less involved fathers

Daughters of involved fathers specifically:

  • Have stronger self-esteem

  • Wait longer before having sex

  • Are less likely to become pregnant as teenagers

Children of involved fathers are more likely to:

  • Have healthier adult relationships and solid marriages later in life

Uninvolved and/or cold fathers are more likely to have children who are:

  • More aggressive toward their peers by age 8.

  • Delinquent

  • Interpersonally violent

  • Reluctant to accept blame or guilt when they misbehave

  • Depressed as teenagers