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August 20, 2007

Study: Relax, Mom & Dad, your kids like you

So you're between the ages of 13 and 24. What makes you happy? A worried, weary parent might imagine the answer would sound something like this: sex, drugs, a little rock 'n' roll.

Maybe some cash, or at least the car keys.

Turns out the real answer is quite different. Spending time with family was the top answer to that open-ended question, according to an extensive survey - more than 100 questions asked of 1,280 people ages 13 to 24 - conducted by The Associated Press and MTV on the nature of happiness among America's young people.

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August 8, 2007

Get with it, dads!

Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor. A recent survey of 1,111 men done for the American Academy of Family Physicians found that nearly 30 percent of men say they “wait as long as possible” before seeking medical help even when they feel sick or in pain. And 55 percent said they hadn’t seen their primary care physician for an exam in the past year.

So perhaps it’s a little much to expect that masculine tendencies would change just because they’re single dads? Yup.

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August 1, 2007

Baby Fathers and American Family Formation

When we began this study on family formation among the poor in pre-Katrina Louisiana, we thought of ways to remind ourselves how great the gulfs were between mainstream family formation patterns and the formation patterns characteristic of families in our sample. We thought of Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist who wrote about the rural rich in Russia almost a century and a half ago. By contrast we studied the urban, mostly African American, poor in Louisiana a few short years before a catastrophic hurricane changed their lives forever.

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July 7, 2007

Daddy lessons

The veterans come early, prepared with all of the necessary equipment.

There is a camaraderie among them. They have been to the same places and seen the same things; they have been here before.

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June 16, 2007

He is my hero

They're enthusiastic fans of reading. Big on enjoying the outdoors. They believe in working hard, but not too hard to have fun, and caring for family and for strangers who need a hand. They're men with very different backgrounds but who share laudable traits they demonstrate in their common role: father. The proof? Just ask their kids. Here are the five winners of this year's My Dad Is a Hero program, in which Colorado fourth- and fifth-graders are invited to write essays about fathers or father figures.

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June 16, 2007

The Power of the Black Father

Some Black fathers come home wearing a suit and tie every day. Some may arrive wearing coveralls, speckled with paint. Others come wearing a blue-collar uniform after riding the garbage truck. Still others come home after a long day of just looking for work.

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June 12, 2007

New Dads

First-time fathers share how babies changed their lives.

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June 7, 2007

The Psychology of Fatherhood

The folks at Hallmark are going to have a very good day on June 17. That's when more than 100 million of the company's ubiquitous cards will be given to the 66 million dads across the U.S. in observation of Father's Day. Such a blizzard of paper may be short of the more than 150 million cards sold for Mother's Day, but it's still quite a tribute. What's less clear is whether dads--at least as a group--have done a good enough job to deserve the honor.

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June 7, 2007

Where are all the Fathers?

"I don't have a dad," says Megan, 8, a tiny blond child with a pixie nose who gazes up at a visitor and talks of her hunger. "Well, I do have a dad, ; but I don't know his name. I only know his first name, Bill."

Just what is it that fathers do?

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June 21, 2005

The Missing-Father Myth

They are the forgotten partners. It is obvious but often overlooked: for every teenage mother there is a father, usually a teenager who finds himself treated as an outsider, receiving none of the solicitous attention that occasionally attends the mother and child. These fathers are usually depicted as churlish scamps, irresponsible hit-and-run artists out to prove their sexual prowess without a thought for the consequences. Until recently, no one even seemed to factor the father into the situation. But with the surge of concern about teenage mothers, several groups and studies have taken a closer look at teenage fathers. Their findings have challenged many prevailing myths.

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