HEALTHY LIVING
06/17/2012 10:17 am ET

Fathers Help Their Children Develop Persistence, Study Shows

Some of us learn our best character traits from our dads -- and a new study emphasizes a father's role in teaching persistence, in particular.

Researchers from Brigham Young University found that when fathers teach their kids persistence, those kids are then more likely to be engaged in school and less likely to experience delinquency.

"There are relatively few studies that highlight the unique role of fathers," study researcher Laura Padilla-Walker, a professor at Brigham Young University, said in a statement. "This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence -- which can be taught -- are key to a child's life success."

The study, published in the Journal of Early Adolescence, was conducted in 325 families whose kids were between ages 11 and 14. A little more than half of the fathers in the study practiced what is called "authoritative parenting" -- not authoritarian parenting -- which is when the father makes the child feel warmth and love toward him, the children are kept accountable and are aware of why rules are established, and the children are allowed to be (appropriately) autonomous.

The researchers found that when a father practiced this kind of parenting, his child or children were more likely to have persistence in life.

What character traits has your father instilled in you? Tell us in the comments!

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