Historically, in many areas of research regarding child development, the focus has tended to be on mothers to the unfortunate exclusion of fathers (and of other potential primary carers). In a large study regarding infant attachment, published in 1997, and in a follow-up paper, van IJzendoorn and De Wolff noted that In our meta-analysis on the association between sensitivity and attachment, fathers are conspicuously absent (and) the dearthof studies on the role of the father in infants development of attachment should unfortunately be considered a matter of fact instead of an opinion.
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