An involved father's impact is more than a few good stories, notable quips and hard-learned lessons. Science proves he's worth more.

Studies show children with involved fathers, stepdads or father figures are less likely to get in trouble with the law, tend to do better in school and are more likely to hold a job.

It comes as no surprise in a world where fathers are doubling down on parenting. Fathers today expect to be a big part of their children's lives.

Yet, a biological live-in father isn't a requirement to pass down the benefits of fathering. Experts agree kids can get the same benefits by having a dedicated stepdad, father figure, or two moms.

"Form is not nearly as important as content," explained author and sociologist Michael Kimmel. "The gender differences are outweighed by the gender similarities."

Still, a father's influence has many factors on a child's life, notes Dr. Kyle Pruett, a child psychiatrist and clinical professor of child psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

Kids with involved fathers benefit. Here are the specifics: