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'Do Fathers Matter?: New book takes a scientific look at the role of dads

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Do fathers matter? That is the question science journalist Paul Raeburn explores in his new book, Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked

While we have entered an era in which paternity leave is not a strange concept, it took years of research to show the influence of fathers on their children is profound, from conception through adulthood.

Raeburn dives deep into the genetic, social, evolutionary, socio-economic, psychological and the personal role of fatherhood. It’s a fascinating story of scientific discovery that will change the way we think about fathers. In addition, he peels back the veil on the assumption that mothers matter more to a child’s health and survival, an idea that has played out in the home, in the media, in the courtroom, in the lab.  

How did your own father influence you, compared to your mother? If your dad was not present, what effect do you think it had? If you’re a father, what do you think of Raeburn’s research?


Paul Raeburn, Author, “Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked.” Raeburn writes the About Fathers blog for Psychology Today and is the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT. He contributes to The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American and The Huffington Post.