Norton School researchers researchers weigh in on how involved dads can make a difference, from the way they play with their children to the example they set for future fathers.
The bond between mother and child has long been recognized as critical to children's development, but what about Dad?
Increasingly, scientists have turned their attention to the role of fathers in the family. It's a timely topic, as an estimated one-third of U.S. children grow up in homes without their biological dads, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
At the University of Arizona, researchers are investigating the role of fathers under the Fathers, Parenting and Families Initiative, a research and education effort within the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. The McClelland Institute is housed in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, part of the University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.