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A contextually informed approach

Mark Lynn, Ph.D. • March 01, 2014

Fathers play an important role in children’s development, and the ways in which they can make significant, positive contributions is quite notable (Parke et al., 2005). A variety of research studies have found that fathers’ emotional support, relationship with their children and financial care-taking are all associated with children’s well-being, cognitive development and social competence (e.g., Lamb & Tamis-LeMonda, 2004).

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