- Babies of confident and enthusiastic fathers were less likely to suffer from behavioral problems by the ages of 9 or 11 years.
- Previous research has shown that children have more behavioral problems when their parents are clinically depressed during the first year of their life.
- The protective influence of two parents cannot be ignored. Absence of a father is a risk factor for behavioral problems in adolescence.
Lorber stressed that the study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, “the two most important factors predicting better future behavior were fathers being confident as a parent, and a father reporting that he was giving warm emotional responses when needed,” he said.
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