Over the last century, the manner in which researchers study fathers has changed dramatically.
Years ago, the focus centered on whether or not dads were present in the home and what effect that had on children. Now, researchers are more concerned with what fathers are doing inside the home. That has led to greater insights into how dads interact with their kids and how they contribute to their upbringing.
Brigham Young University Associate Professor Justin Dyer, whose research focuses on the contribution of fathers to their children’s well-being, discusses how the field of fatherhood research has evolved through the years and explains how that is leading to a greater understanding of fatherhood.