Just in time for Father's Day, a new study from Brigham Young University shows that persistence is a trait taught by the father. Researchers analyzed more than 300 families and found that mildly authoritative fathers were more likely to have children that showed characteristics of persistence, like better outcomes in school and less delinquency.
According to ABC News, the study tracked fathers and children between the ages of 11 and 14 over a four-year period. Fathers who focused on feelings of love and giving the child autonomy, but also believing that the child should be accountable for their behavior, raised children to be more persistent and more responsible. The Atlantic reports that dads who were too authoritarian and focused on punishment-based parenting had less persistent children.
The study was published in the Journal of Early Adolescence.