Deseret News Editor Discusses ‘The Father Factor’ on NPR

by Norris Law Group on April 4, 2014

On March 4, 2014, Deseret News Editor Paul Edwards spoke with Michel Martin, host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” about the role fathers play in American families. The interview referenced a four-part series titled “The Father Factor” published jointly by the Deseret News and The Atlantic approximately a week earlier. It also happened to occur several days after President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of fathers as part of his introduction of an initiative aimed at helping young men of color.

Edwards discussed how the editorial teams at the Deseret News and The Atlantic perceived a need to highlight fatherhood based on a discussion between the two media outlets about the stability of families in general. He also talked about stories of some young men whose lives illustrate what studies have revealed about the impact of father figures within the family unit.

“What the research shows is that adolescents with involved fathers are far less likely to experiment with drugs and that there are really positive correlations between the presence of a dad in a child’s life and qualities like empathy, impulse control, ability to respond effectively to ambiguous situations. This translates into academic success, positive health outcomes, even physical safety,” Edwards said.

Listen to the complete interview titled “ ’The Father Factor’ in Kids’ Lives” below:


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