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Fathers should improve ties with their children: survey

2012/08/05 17:02:03

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) The results of a survey published Sunday show that local fathers need to work harder on improving relationships with their children, as nearly half of the children polled were not aware of their father's hobbies.

Of the children questioned, 49.9 percent said they had no idea of their fathers' interests and hobbies, according to a recent survey conducted among third- to fifth-graders by the Child Welfare League Foundation in the run-up to Father's Day on Aug. 8.

Some 36.9 percent said they did not know the date of their father's birthday, while nearly 30 percent were unaware of their father's age or job, the foundation said.

Nearly 40 percent of the students complained that their fathers were too busy to help them with schoolwork, while 24.4 percent said their fathers did not even have time to play with them, the results show.

In a multiple-choice questionnaire, 73.5 percent of the kids said it is of the greatest importance that fathers look after and spend time with their children, while 41.7 percent said it is more important that their fathers focus on their work.

In terms of the respondents' favorite father figures, major league pitcher Chien-Ming Wang came in first, followed by Shih Chin-hang, guitarist of local band Mayday, and Hong Kong star Andy Lau.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou also ranked high on the list, the foundation said.

President Ma Ying-jeou, however, was favored by only 10 percent of the children polled.

The foundation called on local fathers to work on improving their relationships with their children and suggested that fathers hug their kids for at least 30 seconds, spend at least 30 minutes with their children each day and to try to avoid working too much overtime so that they have more time for their kids.

The survey was conducted May 29-June 22 among 1,456 students in third to fifth grade. It had a confidence level of 98 percent and a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Jamie Wang)