Skip to comments.At the cellular level, a child’s loss of a father is associated with increased stress
Posted on 08/25/2017 3:55:42 PM PDT by PROCON
The absence of a father due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being.
In a study (link is external) published July 18 in the journal Pediatrics, a team of FFCWS researchers report that the loss of a father has a significant adverse effect on telomeres, the protective nucleoprotein end caps of chromosomes. At 9 years of age, children who had lost their father had significantly shorter telomeres 14 percent shorter on average than children who had not. Death had the largest association, and the effects were greater for boys than girls.
Telomeres are thought to reflect cell aging and overall health their role is to help maintain the DNA ends of chromosomes following cell division. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres shorten; once telomeres are too short, cell replication stops. Previous research has suggested that shortened telomeres are associated with a wide range of diseases in adults, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
(Excerpt) Read more at fragilefamilies.princeton.edu ...
Fathers, (and of course Mothers too), are a critical part of a child's overall psychological and physical well-being.
Further study links at article source.
Yet we are now “haters” if we oppose the deliberate creation of a fatherless family. Or a motherless family.
The obvious dichotomy is that this study was published at a predominately liberal, social justice type university.
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