Fathers' roles in the care and development of their children: The role of pediatricians

Michael Yogman, Craig F. Garfield, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health

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Abstract

Fathers' involvement in and influence on the health and development of their children have increased in a myriad of ways in the past 10 years and have been widely studied. The role of pediatricians in working with fathers has correspondingly increased in importance. This report reviews new studies of the epidemiology of father involvement, including nonresidential as well as residential fathers. The effects of father involvement on child outcomes are discussed within each phase of a child's development. Particular emphasis is placed on (1) fathers' involvement across childhood ages and (2) the influence of fathers' physical and mental health on their children. Implications and advice for all child health providers to encourage and support father involvement are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20161128
JournalPediatrics
Volume138
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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