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Le rôle et la place
du père dans l'éducation des enfants. Article en anglais.
Paternal involvement improves test scores,
Friday April 23, 2004
Children whose fathers are involved in
the early stages of their upbringing do better in tests, academics said
Youngsters achieved higher scores in tests at the ages of seven and eight
if their fathers played an active role during their first few years.
Researchers discovered that children who had close paternal involvement
performed up to 2% better in national curriculum tests for seven-year-olds.
Children whose fathers helped with their care also performed better at
the age of eight in independent tests designed by the researchers.
Professor Paul Gregg, of Bristol University, and Elizabeth Washbrook,
of Oxford University, analysed data collected from more than 1,000 children
born in 1991 and 1992.
The research was part of the Children of the 90s project, which has been
monitoring the progress of 14,000 children in the Bristol area since 1991.
The findings were presented at the Population Association of America's
annual meeting earlier this month.
Fathers who carried out 25% of childcare duties were rated as highly involved
by the researchers. The duties included bathing, feeding, playing, singing
Fathers who had no interaction at all with their children were classed
as uninvolved by the researchers.
It was discovered that having an uninvolved father was worse than not
having a live-in father at all when the household income was the same.
Prof Gregg said: "This research shows that we should be doing all
we can to encourage fathers to play an active role in their children's
"It shows that family friendly policies are beneficial.
"I don't see why parents can't choose who takes the extended leave
from work when the baby is born."
In Britain, new mothers are entitled to 26 weeks' paid maternity leave.
Fathers can take two consecutive weeks' paternity leave at £100
a week or 90% of average weekly earnings if that is less than £100.