Father's Day is here, and you're likely taking some time today to thank your dad for all he's done. But instead of a simple "I love you, Dad," you may want to communicate just how grateful you are for his shaping you into the woman you are today. More and more research is finding that fathers are especially impactful on their daughters' health and well-being, as Melissa Benaroya, licensed clinical social worker and author of The Childproof Parent, recently described on The Huffington Post.
Daughters who grow up having warm, positive, supportive, and connected relationships with their fathers benefit in a number of ways. Benaroya notes how research has found that the quality of the relationship positively influences the daughter's ability to manage stress, demonstrated by lower baseline cortisol levels. "Thus, the daughter will lower cortisol levels tended to have lower reactivity to developmentally appropriate stressors and increased coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations," explains Benaroya.
Furthermore, a healthy father-daughter relationship also helps to boost social cognition and lend to better interpersonal problem-solving skills.
Growing up with a positive relationship with Dad can lead to increased success in school and eventually in the workforce. Benaroya notes that "a recent U.S. census found that girls who had a warm relationship with their fathers were 43% more likely to earns As and 33% less likely than other children to repeat a grade." So take the time today to acknowledge Dad for the time he's invested in you and thank him for the important role he's played.
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