The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether or not a father’s absence has an impact on how adult daughters view intimate partners and how they choose their intimate relationships. While most previous research focused on the importance of the father/daughter relationship on a daughter’s sexual development, there is limited research that reveals the importance of the father/daughter relationship on women’s adult intimate relationships. The present study was conducted with 15 adult women who volunteered to participate in the study. The results revealed that father’s involvement in their daughter’s lives throughout their childhood can influence their intimate relationships in adulthood. The factors associated with father absence during childhood can stay with individuals as they enter into adulthood, which shows the significance for early intervention. Even though most of the participants mentioned having a fear of abandonment and becoming too attached, there is still potential for fatherless daughters to have healthy fulfilling and lasting relationships. Implications, limitations, and recommendations for future research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Potts, Marilyn, Ranney, Molly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Absence, Daughters, Father, Impact, Qualitative, Relationships|
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