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'Kids learn persistence from their fathers'

Fathers are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence, a new study has revealed.

world Updated: Jun 16, 2012 23:41 IST

Fathers are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence, a new study has revealed.

Brigham Young University professors Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day arrived at the conclusion after following 325 families over several years.

And over time, the persistence gained through fathers led to higher engagement in school and lower rates of delinquency.

"In our research, we ask 'Can your child stick with a task? Can they finish a project? Can they make a goal and complete it?'" Day said.

"Learning to stick with it sets a foundation for kids to flourish and to cope with the stress and pressures of life," he said.

The scholars from BYU's School of Family Life tried to highlight the unique role of fathers in their study.

"There are relatively few studies that highlight the unique role of fathers," Padilla-Walker said.

"This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence - which can be taught - are key to a child's life success."