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father

(fä′thər)
n.
1.
a. A male whose sperm unites with an egg, producing an embryo.
b. A male whose impregnation of a female results in the birth of a child.
c. A man who adopts a child.
d. A man who raises a child.
2. A male parent of an animal.
3. A male ancestor: He has died and now sleeps with his fathers.
4.
a. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
b. A man who serves or is thought of as a protector: beloved as the father of the nation.
5. Father Christianity
a. God.
b. The first person of the Christian Trinity.
6.
a. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
b. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
c. or Father A church father.
d. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
7. Abbr. Fr.
a. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.
b. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
v. fa·thered, fa·thering, fa·thers
v.tr.
1.
a. To provide the sperm that unites with an egg to produce (an embryo, fetus, or child).
b. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
2. To create, found, or originate: father a political movement.
3. To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of: "[Swift's] ideas about the education of the young are fathered on to the Lilliputians" (George Orwell).
v.intr.
To act or serve as a father.

father

Social medicine The biological and/or rearing male figure in a family unit. See Secondary father.

Patient discussion about father

Q. What is the risk of biabetes if my father got it? My father was recently diagnosed at the age of 55 as having Type 2 Diabetes. Do I have a greater risk of developing diabetes also?

A. Indeed, as a first degree relative of a diabetic patient you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the average person. The risk of developing diabetes depends on many factors, both genetic and non-genetic (nutrition, weight and exercise). The risk also depends on other relevant conditions you may have (for example hypertension, elevated blood cholesterol or lipid levels).
It should be mentioned, that even for an individual whose parents both have type 2 diabetes, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes isn’t 100% but rather less than 50%.

Q. My father is depressed after his retirement. My father is depressed after his retirement. My mom is depressed due to my sister’s divorce. My sister is depressed because of her husband’s irresponsibility. Her child is depressed of its parents. I am depressed because of all these. What is this Great Depression all about? Any answer?

A. hello friend....sometimes you have deal with the hard times without loosing it,or getting depressed...things happen in life..that we may not like all the time...you have to learn to accept them..and move on...people lose their jobs...people lose their homes...and people leave each other all the time...YOU..have to be strong..and get on with your life....HERES a question for you...think about what the world wwould be like if every time something happened to..a person that they didnt like...they all got depressed......??????

Q. Hello ! my name is Joe and i am a father to an Autistic child .. my son is 5 years old , and recently he has been diagnosed with a slight autistic behavior .. nothing serious according to the doctors .. but i am afraid it will effect his life later on .. i always knew he is a little special and that he his a little different than the other children at the garden ... but know getting a label on it " Autistic" make me feel .. i don't know .. a little afraid and blur in the meaning of what does it mean ... i am here because i was hoping maybe to get an advice or any thing else that would be helpful for me to realize and lern the new "discover" and the unknown label of being "autistic" , do i need to supply different things and attention to my child ? does he need to go and learn in a special school ? how do i treat it by medical terms and treatment ? lots of questions and i have no answers by now .. hope i'll get what i am looking for here .... Thanks any way ...

A. Joe, you seemed confused. i hope you understand that it's O.K to be confused, no one was born with the innate ability to cope with all of this. you have a great amount of questions about being a father to an autistic child, i suggest using the help of "Autism Society of America" which is an organization full of wonderful people who are here to help. here is a link to their site:
http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=life_lifespan

please update me if that was helpful!

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This report focuses on fathering of male and female children and on both women and men's experiences of support children receive from men.
The second part of the interview schedule for male participants covered topics on childhood experiences of fathers with their mothers and fathers and how these had influenced their attitudes and behaviours toward fathering. The second part of the interview schedule for female participants focused on questions comparing women's relationships with their fathers and those of the focal children and their fathers.
Detailed information about men and women's own experiences with their fathers when they were growing up and how these influenced men's experiences of their own fathering with their children and what women expect from their children's fathers were coded using NVIVO 9 and thematically analysed.
Models with alternate omitted categories (not shown) were also examined to see if involvement within the other forros of father type/presence differed significantly in their association with fathering attitudes and beliefs.
Traditional attitudes toward fathering still exist, though, as a sizeable minority of men feel that it is more important for men to work than spend time with their family and that fathers are more important for sons than daughters.
Overall, these findings are consistent with the modeling hypothesis--men tend to hold attitudes toward fathering that reflect their own father's involvement, and this is consistent with the work done in smaller-scale studies (e.g., Nicholson, Howard, & Borkowski, 2008).
We regard father presence as encompassing a wide range of father-related experiences that begin with the personal father but include multigenerational family relationships, attitudes, and an orientation to other fathering experiences in one's life.
Next steps might include using the FPQ to study populations who have experienced diminished fathering, such as individuals who are incarcerated or on probation/parole, and those with alcohol and drug or other addiction problems (Phares, 1997).
The contributions that father data can make to the study of fathering need to be considered in the context of other persisting issues.
This process requires unveiling prejudices, understanding how different parties define "good fathering," and facing pragmatic challenges.
On the origins of fathering: Implications of an evolutionary perspective for understanding links among marriage, divorce, and men's parenting.
Beyond the role-inadequacy perspective of fathering. In A.J.