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Paul Raeburn

Do Fathers Matter?

Paul Raeburn Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About The Parent We've
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Biographical note:

Paul Raeburn is the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker site at MIT. His most recent book is Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children. He writes the About Fathers blog for Psychology Today and is a regular guest on NPR. Raeburn was formerly the science editor at BusinessWeek and the Associated Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Discover, and Scientific American, among other publications. A past president of the National Association of Science Writers, he lives in New York City with his wife and children. Read more about him at www.paulraeburn.com, and follow him on Twitter at @praeburn.

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A groundbreaking exploration of fatherhood from the frontiers of psychology, genetics, and neuroscience

Whether they are portrayed as incompetent or simply inconsequential, fathers have long been overlooked.
     In Do Fathers Matter? the award-winning journalist Paul Raeburn collects the latest research to show that fathers have a profound impact on their children’s lives—from conception to adulthood. He explains how fathers’ roles are distinctly different from those of mothers, as well as how fathers’ play helps to prepare children for the outside world. And he reveals how the connection between children and fathers goes both ways: children influence fathers’ stress, hormones, and relationships with their partners.
     Raeburn discards the myths of fatherhood as he searches for what we really know about nontraditional families, new fathers, and fathers of adult children, and introduces us to groundbreaking research that will change the way we think about parenting. Weaving in fascinating findings from genetics, brain research, animal behavior, and his own experience of parenthood, Raeburn delivers an incredibly rich and eye-opening look at the impact fathers can have on their children.

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Praise for Acquainted with the Night

“A work that will surely be a help to thousands of similarly distraught parents.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times

“A masterful job in relating your experiences with your family.” —Rosalynn Carter

“A cathartic tale . . . burns with emotional honesty.” —Psychology Today


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