The study showed that children who regularly talk to their fathers are happier than those who do not.
In the study, young people who said they talked seriously to their dads 'most days' gave themselves an 87 per cent score on a happiness scale compared with 79 per cent for those who said they hardly ever spoke to their fathers in this way.
The study, undertaken by the University of York, showed that young people talk less to their fathers about important issues as they get older.
According to the researchers, the findings are 'highly significant' as academic research has shown that a child's well-being later in life depends on their teenage relationship with their father as well as with their mother.
"This research shows that young people's happiness is closely linked to how often they speak to their fathers about things that matter," the Telegraph quoted Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Children's Society, as saying.
"Yet all too often these days, children are becoming alienated or live apart from their fathers.
"That is why the Children's Society is today calling on children, experts and the general public to submit evidence to our new Fatherhood Review.
"It will be investigating the extent to which fathers are involved in the everyday aspects of their children's lives and in the autumn we will publish recommendations on how the obstacles to better father-child relationships might be overcome," Reitemeier added.
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