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ERIC Number: ED548002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 269
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-7298-7
Adolescent Girls' Perspectives on Their Relationship with Their Nonresident Fathers
Francis, Andrea Ann Marie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
There is an increase in the number of fathers who do not reside with their children, which signifies changes in patterns of family interaction with implications for father-daughter attachment. Using attachment, self-efficacy, and psychosocial theories as framework, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore how girls' psychosocial development and self-efficacy were affected by their fathers' nonresident status. The 11 8th grade adolescent girls who participated in the study attended an urban middle school and lived away from their fathers. Each girl was interviewed; transcribed data were organized into themes, using the affinity exercise to categorize the participant statements. Data were triangulated with teachers' reports and the participants' academic records. Findings indicated the girls felt cared for when their fathers were in contact and involved in their lives, and this held true as well for girls whose incarcerated fathers maintained contact with them. In contrast, girls with uninvolved fathers expressed feelings of resentment and ambivalence towards their fathers. However, all the girls yearned for more contact with their fathers. Although fathers' involvement influenced girls' academic performance, self-efficacy, and personal resilience, teachers reported that even academically successful girls lacked personal confidence and needed support. The findings are particularly helpful to professionals working with adolescent girls especially school personnel. Implications for positive social change include creating services and programs to build the personal and academic confidence of adolescent girls who have limited or no contact with their biological fathers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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