The Biological Effects of Father Loss: An Interview with Daniel Notterman
New research indicates that the repercussions of losing a biological father, whether to death, divorce, or incarceration, go even deeper, affecting children at the cellular level. Colter Mitchell, Sara McLanahan, Lisa Schneper, Irv Garfinkel, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, and Daniel Notterman authored the study, “Father Loss and Child Telomere Length,” which was published in July in the journal, Pediatrics. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview study co-author, Dan Notterman, a pediatrician and molecular biologist who teaches at Princeton University, about the study. Following is an edited version of the interview.