There is new scientific evidence that suggests that the more fathers, in particular, play with their children at a younger age will affect short to long term attachment several months later. The idea of playing with children was described in the study as stimulation and key differences were made between supportive and intrusive stimulation. The concept of sensitivity in the stimulation is not conclusive on how it affects attachment but research suggests that sensitivity matters when a child is distressed.
- Secure attachment between fathers and toddlers can be predicted by how the fathers play with them. Fathers who play with their children are more likely to get secure attachment.
- Fathers tend to play more sensitively with their children and take their point of view whereas mothers show sensitivity right away.
- The research also showed that how sensitively fathers played with their children didn’t actually predict any more or less of an attachment.
“Research also tell us that fathers, on average, interact with their infants more playfully, more vigorously and more physically than mothers do.”