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Do Fathers Matter? Answers from the New Science of Fatherhood
As recently as a generation ago, in the 1970s, most psychologists and other “experts” thought that, besides bringing home a paycheck, fathers didn’t matter much for their kids. There wasn’t much evidence for the irrelevancy of fathers. But there wasn’t a lot of data to suggest they were relevant, either. Few had asked the question, and nobody knew the answer. The irrelevancy of fathers had become an article of faith among researchers, and why would any of them question something they knew to be true?