ERIC Number: ED183984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Young Women's Phenomenological Sense of Father and Parental Marital Relationship and Their Relation to Paternal Loss.
The meaning fathers have in the lives of women as they are growing up was investigated. Women's perceptions of their fathers on several factors were measured to determine how these perceptions differed with father loss, cause and time of loss, perception of parental marital relationships, and presence of an older brother. Questionnaires were completed by three groups of women, i.e., those from intact homes, those whose parents were divorced, and those whose father had died while they were children. Women from divorced homes were, on the average, twice as dissatisfied with their parents' marriage as those in the other two groups, and portrayed fathers as more encouraging of autonomy in their offspring. Dead fathers were portrayed as having been more child-centered, controlling, intrusive, and less nonenforcing than divorced fathers. Women from intact homes reported their fathers had used withdrawal of relations significantly more often than their absent counterparts. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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