About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Kidsí Growing Under Father Lacks Intellectual Skills

by Medindia Content Team on November 24, 2007 at 7:29 PM
Font : A-A+

Kidsí Growing Under Father Lacks Intellectual Skills

Some fathers who stay at home to take care of their children appear not to provide the same quality of intellectual stimulation to their young sons as the children's mothers do, a new study has found.

Scientists at Bristol University in Britain looked at the early childcare experiences of over 6,000 children born in the Bristol area in the early 1990s who lived at least their early lives in a household with both parents.

Advertisement

The scientists said there is strong evidence to suggest that boys who spent at least 15 hours a week in their fathers' care as toddlers perform worse on academic assessments when they start going to school, reported the online edition of Guardian Unlimited.

The study however finds no significant effects on children - either positive or negative - of paternal involvement in childcare in the first year of life. It is when children pass their first birthdays that parenting differences between mothers and fathers begin to matter.
Advertisement

A father may be more inclined to see his job as monitoring the child and be less inclined to devise creative activities that develop the child's intellectual skills, the researchers said. But the study found that girls seem immune to the ill effects of being looked after by their fathers. This may be because fathers may interact differently with sons and daughters, or daughters may simply be less sensitive to the degree of cognitive stimulation in the home environment.

Moderate amounts of paternal care of toddlers are associated with better behavioural outcomes at the start of school, and this is the case for both boys and girls, the scientists said.

Source: IANS
LIN/P
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
Long-Term Glycemic Control - A Better Measure of COVID-19 Severity
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
School Success Depends on Environment
It is important to prepare children for school entry as it ensures early school success. A new ......
Fathers Imprisonment Does Not Affect Teens Development
Social disadvantages, not father's incarceration, damage a teenager's development, says an ......
Kids of Depressed Mums Do Better When Dad Plays Active Role in Family
Kids whose mums are suffering from depression are less likely to develop behavioural problems ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use