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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 1998 Apr;7(2):389-407, viii.

Fathers, divorce, and their children.

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Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


To minimize many of the negative consequences of divorce, it is beneficial to support a father's ongoing involvement in his child's life. Although the research literature isn't unequivocal on this point, it does strongly suggest that men who are "visitors" do not have as much impact on their children and that visits are a poor substitute for having a parental figure. The answer lies in creating meaningful roles for noncustodial fathers that elevate men's opportunities to contribute to their children's overall development. One of the most important messages parents can impart to children is that some commitments outlive change and that working together in the child's best interests is one of them.

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