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  • 28/02/2006 Make a Comment
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"If fathers have the capacity to nurture their children competently but differently from mothers, does this matter to the children?

Apparently so, according to two decades of research.

Eight-week-old infants can discriminate between their fathers and their mothers, and respond in a differential way to their approach. Yogman (I981) compared videotapes of comfortably seated infants' response to their mothers' approach and their fathers'.

In anticipation of their mothers' picking them up, babies settled in, slowed their heart and respiratory rates, and partially closed their eyes. When they expected their father to hold them, babies hunched up their shoulders, widened their eyes, and accelerated their heart and respiratory rates.

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