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Transformative power of dad in the home

Published: Saturday, June 15 2013 10:45 a.m. MDT

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Fatherhood can be transformative for men’s bodies and minds, but this change is largely dependent on the physical proximity of the dad in the home — in other words if they live with their children and the mother of their children — according to W. Bradford Wilcox in an article for Slate.

“Studies suggest that after the arrival of a baby men’s testosterone falls, while their prolactin levels rise. These hormonal shifts are significant because testosterone is associated with aggression and heightened libido, whereas prolactin is associated with heightened levels of parental care. Taken together, these hormonal shifts seem to prepare men to settle down, steer clear of attractive alternatives, and engage their children,” says Wilcox.

In addition, Wilcox explains that fathers that live with their children are less likely to be depressed, more likely to earn more money, less likely to attend bars and more likely to attend church.

In the end, “When it comes to fatherhood, it’s all about location, location, location,” says Wilcox.

Read more about dads on Slate.

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