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How Dads Influence Teens' Happiness

May 1, 2014 By Paul Raeburn

The influence of fathers on their teenage children has long been overlooked. Now Dr. Bruce Ellis, Norton School faculty, and researchers are finding surprising ways in which dads make a difference.

In 2011 administrators at Frayser High School in Memphis, Tenn., came to a disturbing realization. About one in five of its female students was either pregnant or had recently given birth. City officials disputed the exact figures, but they admitted that Frayser had a problem. The president of a local nonprofit aimed at helping girls blamed the disturbing rate of teen pregnancy on television.

Read more in Scientific American.

Adapted from Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us about the Parent We’ve Overlooked, by Paul Raeburn, by arrangement with Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright © 2014 by Paul Raeburn. All rights reserved.

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