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Le rôle et la place du père dans l'éducation des enfants. Article en anglais.

Paternal involvement improves test scores, study says

Press Association
Friday April 23, 2004

Children whose fathers are involved in the early stages of their upbringing do better in tests, academics said today.
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 and reading.
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 early years.
"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.