During the last 100 years research has focused solely on mothers and their babies: 1920's, Hammett (baby and mommy rats); 1930s, Harlow (baby and mommy monkeys); 40s-60s Bowlby and Ainsworth attachment theory.
- More than 80% of fathers are involved with single mothers at the time of the birth of their babies.
- By the time the child is in preschool involvement drops to less than 50%.
My field research of first time fathers blew me away! The implications for single fathers, traditional and non-traditional are compelling. Fathers require access and opportunity.
Do we as a society impede fathers from bonding and attaching with their infants?
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Dr. Mary Kay Keller