- The presence of father figures and fathers reduces behavioral and psychological issues
- Father figures are a vital influence on the person you are today
This essay is part of a column called The Wisdom Project by David Allan, editorial director of CNN Health and Wellness. The series is on applying to one's life the wisdom and philosophy found everywhere, from ancient texts to pop culture. You can follow David at @davidgallan. Don't miss another Wisdom Project column; subscribe here.
(CNN)No matter how terrific (or not) your dad is -- personally, I'm aiming for "world's greatest" just so I can brag about it on a mug -- fathers are not the only male role models kids and young adults need.
O Captain! My Captain!
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