Becoming a dad improves anti-social men – study

NZPA 29/04/2010

Fatherhood can be the key to transforming anti-social young men into responsible citizens, according to new research commissioned by Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies. Dr Gareth Rouch studied a group of young dads in the Wairarapa region for his PhD thesis and found that becoming fathers transformed their lives. Having kids changed the men’s attitudes towards the world and made them see the value in taking up work, acquiring job skills and improving their lifestyles, Dr Rouch said . “They were committed to doing the best for their children and were open about the deep emotional bond they had with them.”