Children benefit from active father figures

Updated 2018 07 05: To fix a broken link, quote more text from the press release, and to expand on the subsequent commentary.

Re: Children benefit from active father figures — “We hope that this review will add to the body of evidence that shows that enlightened father-friendly policies can make a major contribution to society in the long run, by producing well-adjusted children and reducing major problems like crime and antisocial behaviour.”

ACTA PAEdiatrica
Tuesday 12 February 2008

Children who have an active father figure have fewer psychological and behavioural problems.

Active father figures have a key role to play in reducing behaviour problems in boys and psychological problems in young women, according to a review published in the February issue of Acta Paediatrica.

Swedish researchers also found that regular positive contact reduces criminal behaviour among children in low-income families and enhances cognitive skills like intelligence, reasoning and language development.

Children who lived with both a mother and father figure also had less behavioural problems than those who just lived with their mother….

The press release concludes with,

“Public policy has the potential to facilitate or create barriers to fathers spending time with their children during the crucial years of early development” says Dr Sarkadi.

“Unfortunately current institutional policies in most countries do not support the increased involvement of fathers in child rearing. Paid parental leave for fathers and employers sympathetic to fathers staying at home with sick children is still a dream in most countries.

“We hope that this review will add to the body of evidence that shows that enlightened father-friendly policies can make a major contribution to society in the long run, by producing well-adjusted children and reducing major problems like crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Journal reference: Fathers’ involvement and children’s developmental outcomes: a systematic review of longitudinal studies. Sarkadi et al. Acta Paediatrica. 97.2, pp 153-158. (February 2008).

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Full text of press release (Note 2018 07 05: The preceding link is broken. The full text of the press release is accessible at this link.)


F4L: In our feminist-dominated and -controlled media, study reports that promote the idea that children benefit from active father figures are few and far-in-between.  Nevertheless, every such report debunks decades of feminist propaganda that vilifies fathers in functioning families.  Still, the press release contains an intriguing statement:

»”Public policy has the potential to facilitate or create barriers to fathers spending time with their children during the crucial years of early development” says Dr Sarkadi.«

That implies having fathers play a temporary role by “…spending time with their children during the crucial years of early development”.  It appears that 10,000 or so years of the evolution of civilization had it all wrong.  Really?

Unfortunately, I was unable to access and read the study report.  Therefore, I do not know whether the research findings support Dr. Sarkadi’s assertion.  Experince, intuiton and the findings of other studies dictate that Dr. Sarkadi’s assertion cannot be correct.  Temporary fatherhood cannot be as good as a life time of it.

Moreover, the press release mentions “father figures” a few times.  Father figures are substitutes for biological fathers in families, inferior substitutes.  If they would be as good as the real thing, then one could argue that a succession of boyfriends of the mother in the lives of a mother and her children will produce desirable and superior outcomes.  Hundreds of studies and an inundation of statistics to the contrary prove that to be untrue.


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