Fathers make a difference

Children whose fathers spend time with them do better in
examinations and are less likely to have a criminal record later in
life, according to research published this week.

The study of British and international research over the past 20
years shows that children are more likely to do better in secondary
school exams and avoid having a criminal record by age 21 if their
fathers had close involvement during their pre-teen years.

The research, due to be published on Fathers’ Day, was
commissioned by four charities working with fathers and part-funded
by the Home Office family services unit.

“After this research, no one can take refuge in stereotypes
suggesting fathers are insignificant,” the charities said.

What Good are Dads? from www.fathersdirect.com

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