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  • Dads' Role is Crucial
  • Sunday Herald Sun
  • 16/02/2003 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: admin ( 75 articles in 2003 )
FATHERS are a crucial influence on their children's success in later life, a study has found.

Those who read stories and take an active role as a parent are more likely to see their youngster's grow up to enjoy academic success and lasting marriages.

The 40-year study, which followed the progress of 17,000 children, found those whose fathers reguarly read or played with them or organised family outings also were less likely to develop anti-social behaviour as thew grew up.

Daughters with strong paternal bonds were less likely to have mental health problems later, while boys avoided trouble with police.

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