Research shows that children with involved dads get a number of benefits.
- Fewer behaviour problems
- Better results at school
- Better health
- Easier to keep up close friendships
- End up with longer and stronger marriages of their own
- Get more stable jobs as adults
'It's important to realise, though, that many of these benefits are linked to having a strong relationship with the mum, as well,' says David.
Rachel Morris, psychotherapist and author of The Single Parent's Handbook, has a different take on it. 'Children who grow up in a single parent family will develop different sets of skills, if they don't have anyone who fills the role of 'dad'. In my own son's case, he created a fantasy of what his dad would have been able to teach him or help him with, even though it would probably have made very little difference.'