Persistence can be learnt by children from their fathers and can foster a better academic performance and a reduced risk of criminal behavior, a new study reveals.
Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah observed teenagers between 11 and 14 years of age in 325 two-parent families over a number of years and found that of the 52 percent of the families in which fathers exhibited authoritative parenting, the children were more likely to develop persistence and improve their performance in schools and reduce the chances of delinquency. The study has been published in the Journal of Early Adolescence.
"There are relatively few studies that highlight the unique role of fathers. This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence -- which can be taught -- are key to a child's life success", lead researcher Laura Padilla-Walker said.