Study highlights benefits of fathers’ roles in children’s lives

When playing with their children, fathers often encourage them to explore and take risks, while mothers offer stability and security.Experts suggest that children with fathers who are involved in their health and development may grow into teens who are less at risk of depression, behavioral problems and teenage pregnancy. American researchers encourage fathers to play an active role in their children's lives and shed light on the main health and well-being benefits brought by quality paternal presence. With Father's Day just around the corner, a recently published paper invites fathers of all kinds — whether living with their children or not, single fathers, stepfathers or any other kind of paternal figure in a child's life — to up their involvement in the health, development and education of their children in a reliable and constant manner.

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