Fathers’ Leave, Fathers’ Involvement and Child Development

Fathers’ Leave, Fathers’ Involvement and Child Development. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Maria del Carmen Huerta et al. January 14, 2013.

Previous research has shown that fathers taking some time off work around childbirth, especially periods of leave of 2 or more weeks, are more likely to be involved in childcare related activities than fathers who do not do so. Furthermore, evidence suggests that children with fathers who are ‘more involved’ perform better during the early years than their peers with less involved fathers. This paper analyses, Australia; Denmark; United Kingdom; United States, to describe how leave policies may influence father’s behaviours when children are young and whether their involvement translates into positive child cognitive and behavioural outcomes. This analysis shows that fathers’ leave, father’s involvement and child development are related. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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