New research suggests that fatherhood has the ability to decrease criminal behavior, alcohol intake, and the use of marijuana and tobacco
PROBLEM: Previous studies have linked aging and marriage to decreases in men's criminal behavior and usage of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. These studies, however, have not factored in the possible effects of fatherhood.
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RESULTS: Fatherhood independently predicted decreases in crime and substance use. Men who became parents well into their 20s and early 30s exhibited greater reductions than men who had their first child in their teens or early 20s.
CONCLUSION: The arrival of the firstborn appears to help a man get rid of bad habits.
IMPLICATION: Fatherhood may be a unique window of opportunity for intervention. Kerr says in a statement, "New fathers might be especially willing and ready to hear a more positive message and make behavioral changes."
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