Adjusting to being a dad makes for a happy family
Dads who rapidly adjust to the novelty of parenthood make better fathers and produce children less likely to have behavioural issues in pre-teen years.
Fathers’ confidence in their new role matters more than the number of hours they spend with their children, concludes a British Medical Journal survey of the parents of 10,440 children who were living with both their mothers and fathers at the age of 8 months.
Questionnaires concerned parental and children’s mental health, attitudes to parenting, time spent with children, and household income and education.
When children were aged 9-11 years, their behaviour was assessed.
Fathers were asked to rate their level of agreement with 58 different statements on, for example, their involvement in household chores,...
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