Over the last several decades, father engagement has risen substantially, and the position of dads in their families has shifted from notions of fathers as distant breadwinners to a more holistic acknowledgment of fathers as equal co-parents. Researchers have been increasingly interested in examining the role of father in the lives of their children as a result of these developments. The following are some of the most important findings from a recent study on today’s fathers.
Involved Dads Have A Direct Impact On The Future Of Their Children
From cognitive development and educational success to self-esteem and pro-social conduct. It involved fatherhood is associated with improved results on almost every measure of child welfare. Children with involved fathers are 39 percent more likely to receive mostly A’s in school. 45 percent less likely to repeat a grade, 60 percent less likely to be suspended or expelled from school. Twice as likely to attend college and find stable employment after high school, 75 percent less likely to have a teen birth, and 80 percent less likely to spend time in jail. Share the statistics in our infographic, Dads Make a Big Difference in the role of father.
Supportive Fathers Help Strengthen Families
Providing services and programming aimed at improving dads’ positive parenting skills, appropriate punishment, effective communication, emotional support, and stress management can have a two-fold effect, lowering risk factors for child abuse while also boosting protective variables. As a consequence, children not only less likely to abused, but they also benefit from good paternal participation. In the policy brief Supporting Fathers and Strengthening Families, you may learn more about the relationship between engaged fatherhood and protective factors in families and the role of father.
Dads-specific Policies And Programs Are On The Upgrade
The federal and state government’s investments in boosting dads’ beneficial effect on their children and families continue to rise. In addition, a number of towns and counties have created creative fatherhood programs. In the form of government programs, professional and practitioner networks, nonprofit and community collaborations, the majority of states currently have some type of state or local activity targeting fathers. Learn more in the policy brief, Federal, State, and Local Efforts Supporting Father Involvement, which includes highlights of state efforts in Texas, Connecticut, Ohio, Hawaii, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Dads Receive Immense Value From Programs In Which They Participate
Fathers who participate in fatherhood programs feel them to be quite beneficial. They return because of the support they receive from other dads, the advice they receive from program facilitators. And the community services and support they have access to.
In addition, dads say that their participation has given them a better understanding. How to interact with their children and their children’s mothers. As well as a greater sense of confidence and efficacy as a parent. In compelling video testimonials made for the 2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit. They hear directly from several dads about what inspires them to join fatherhood programs. Why they remain, and what they gain.
The Base Of Evidence On The Effectiveness Of Specialized Programs And The Impact Of Dads Is Growing
Several small-scale studies have shown fatherhood efforts to be promising. While other programs shown to have an influence when evaluated more rigorously. Several significant evaluations of fatherhood programs are now ongoing, including CFRP’s assessment of the Texas Fatherhood EFFECT Program. It conducted across the state. The National Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, of which CFRP director Dr. Cynthia Osborne serves as Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group. They receive federal money to assist initiatives that encourage rigorous assessment of fatherhood programs across the country.
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