Child Abuse and Father Figures: Which Kind of Families Are Safest to Grow Up In?

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Year Published
2021
Author (Individual)
Zuckerman, D. &Pedersen, S.
Author (Organization)
National Center for Health Research
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Other
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Resource Language
English

In fairy tales, the stepmother is the enemy, but father surrogates—a man who takes over the functions of the biological father—are often considered a great addition to a family. The conventional wisdom is that children of single mothers, especially boys, need a man in the home to provide a role model. Unfortunately, some studies find that children with a father surrogate living at home are more likely to be reported for maltreatment—abuse and neglect—than those with a biological father at home or, as some research shows, no father figure at all.

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