Science Daily reports that the results of research by the Wellcome Trust indicate that “children whose fathers are more positively engaged with them at the age of three months have fewer behavioural problems at the age of twelve months” The article, “Child’s Behavior Linked to Father-Infant Interactions, Study Shows,” further asserts that interventions that improve that interaction in the child’s infancy and benefit him or her later in life.
The study suggests that the engaged father rather than the one in the distant, remote father attained the most positive outcomes. Interestingly, the results also indicate “this association tended to be stronger for boys than for girls, suggesting that perhaps boys are more susceptible to the influence of their father from a very early age.”
- Dad’s Early Engagement with Son May Shape Behavior Later (nlm.nih.gov)
- Children’s Behavioural Problems Traced to Father-Infant Interaction (ibtimes.com)
- Father-Infant Interactions Linked To Child’s Behavior (medicalnewstoday.com)