Effects of Early Paternal Involvement

Research has consistently reflected the important role that a father plays in his child's life. A 2016 study using data from the National Center for Education Statistics' Early Childhood Longitudinal Study examined 6,000 children to find out how paternal involvement affected developmental outcomes during the prenatal, perinatal, and infant stages. Researchers found infants whose fathers were absent at the time of their birth had a greater likelihood to develop attention deficit and learning disorders, as well as speech and language disorders in childhood. The importance of a present and involved father in a child's life, even at the earliest stages, cannot be understated.