Fathers Help Children Succeed in School
June 13, 2005
  • /Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Research has already shown that children do better in school when mothers are involved in their child's education, but a recent study at the University of Illinois found that when fathers get involved, especially when they're communicating and partnering with teachers, there's a significant additive effect over and above the mother's involvement.

Brent McBride, a professor of human development and family studies worked with over 1,300 families with children between the ages of five and twelve. He looked at whether parents talked with their child about school, attended parent-teacher conferences and volunteered for school activities.

McBride said that when fathers and even father figures were involved, children were more successful in school and their involvement compensated for some of the negative impacts felt by at-risk children from low-income families.

He said that he hopes schools will find ways to encourage fathers to get more involved because their involvement can make a difference in their child's success in school.