The NYT has reviewed a new book, “Do Fathers Matter” by Paul Raeburn. The assumption is that they make unique contributions to their children’s lives before, during, and after conception.
This book explores the science behind this belief. Some researchers are studying the benefits that come from having involved and caring men in children’s lives. Equally interesting are the effects of paternal age and health at conception. New studies suggest that male health is an important consideration in fertility and risk for a wide range of issues. The effects of a fathers’ parenting style in early childhood to affect behavior in adolescence and adulthood is worth considering. No one doubts this, but seeing the research clarifies why we should care deeply about a father’s role in a child’s life.
This book appears to bring social, psychological and biological research together in a readable form, so I will be eager to take a look this summer!