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Low-Income Dads Are Involved With Their Kids, Study Finds
Date:11/9/2011

Hospital, in Evanston, Ill., said in the release.

"If we are really going to focus on improving the health of children, we have to include fathers because they are important. Getting dads more involved and more comfortable in their children's health and health care can create healthier families," he said.

The low-income fathers in this small study were more involved in their kids health and health care than researchers expected.

"There's a bias to assume lower-income dads, particularly in unmarried families, are not involved with their children," Garfield said. "But that's not the case. Recent research has shown the vast majority of dads will attend the birth of their kids whether or not the men are married to the mother. Our research goes further to say they really are involved day to day with their kids in ways that affect their health and development."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for raising safe and healthy children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Northwestern University, news release, October 2011


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