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The Special Interest Research Group on Father-Child Attachment and Relationships (FCAR), affiliated with the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies, brings together a diverse group of researchers interested in father-child attachment and relationships. The FCAR group intends to promote attachment research that goes beyond the study of mother-child relationships to consider the roles that other attachments (such as father-child attachment) play in positive child development. The FCAR group connects researchers to promote the exchange and discussion of ideas, theory, and methodologies to support the inclusion of fathers in attachment research with hopes of gaining a better understanding of father-child relationships and their role within the larger family system. Researchers from every discipline, country, and career stage are encouraged to join.

Psychology now urgently needs to pay more attention, in research as well as in theory, to the role of fathers in the socialization of children.

Michael E. Lamb, Fathers: Forgotten contributors to child development

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Keep updated with our tweets on Twitter or browse our event calendar below.

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We run a mailing list and send out a monthly newsletter with details like:

  • Upcoming events (Like journal club meetings!)
  • Recap of new articles (on father-child attachment and relationships) published online in the last month

Details on signing up are here – come and join us!

Useful links:
Click here to download the SIRG-FCAR calendar, and
click here to view the journal club meeting schedule.


We welcome interested researchers.

Fill in our membership form to join our mailing list and keep in touch, or contact us if you take on more organizational responsibilities and would like to join us as a coordinating board member.

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