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By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >


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Health insurance coverage improved for all North Dakota residents, especially for those in poverty.

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photoFather Involvement and the Future of Children and Families

Sean E. Brotherson, PhD, is a Professor and Extension Family Science Specialist with North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. He earned his PhD in human development and family studies at Oregon State University in 2000. His work involves teaching family courses and developing educational programs for children, couples, and families. In his research, he focuses on father involvement across diverse settings and the dimensions of generative fathering. He is the co-editor of the book Why Fathers Count (with Joseph White) and former co-director of the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative. In this article, he discusses the issue of father involvement in family life, fathers’ contribution to child well-being, and how fathers can be encouraged to give care and support their families.

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