Father and son bond important for coping with stress

Sons with fond childhood memories of their dads are able to deal with daily stress and emotions better, a new survey reveals

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Boys who have positive memories of time spent with their dads are more likely to be emotionally stable in the face of day-to-day stresses, new research suggests.

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The study spoke to 912 men and women between the ages of 25 to 74, over the course of an eight-day period, before reaching its conclusion.

“Most studies on parenting focus on the relationship with the mother,” said Psychology Professor Melanie Mallers, from California State University-Fullerton.

“But, as our study shows, fathers do play a unique and important role in the mental health of their children much later in life.”

Professor Melanie’s team found that male volunteers who had a good relationship with their dad were better at dealing emotionally with stress during the day compared to those who had a poor relationship. This was not found to be as common for the women in the study.

“The role of fathers has changed dramatically from the time the oldest participants were children. We do know that fathers have a unique style of interacting with their children, especially their sons,” added Professor Melanie.

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“We need more research to help us uncover further influences of both mothers and fathers on the enduring emotional experiences of their children.”

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