A Fatherless Childhood Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the effects of an absent father on male and female children.
# 145812 | 720 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


The paper reveals that both male and female children exhibit greater issues of personal psychological dysfunction and social maladaption attributable to absent fathers. The paper looks at research that specifically shows how fatherless male adolescents exhibit substantially higher rates of delinquency, alcoholism, illegal activity, and perform worse academically. The paper also discusses how female children are predisposed to negative expectations or to unrealistic idealized expectations in their dating relationships with men.

Single Parenthood and Child Development
The Importance of Fatherhood for Male Children
The Importance of Fatherhood for Female Children

From the Paper:

"Regardless of specific psychological perspective, the absence of either parent during a child's formative years typically has significant developmental implications. To a certain extent, this is true whether it is the mother or the father who is absent from a child's life, but more particularly, there are different issues typically associated with the loss (or unavailability) of the father that are substantially different from those associated with the loss (or unavailability) of the mother. Boys rely on their fathers to model various elements of male behavior; for girls, the relationship with their father often establishes aspects of their future social expectations of males and their patterns of intimacy in relationships with men in adulthood. To a large extent, the psychological effects of absent fathers on children depends on the specific reason and manner in which the child loses contact with the father, but generally, it is unlikely for fatherless children to remain completely unaffected by the loss."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bannon, Jill A. and Southern, Mara L. "Father-absent women: Self-concept and modes of relating to men" Sex Roles, February, 1980.
  • Branden, Nathaniel. The Psychology of Romantic Love. New York: Bantam (1999).
  • Gerrig, Richard J. and Phillip G. Zimbardo. Psychology and Life. 17th Edition. New York: Allyn & Bacon (2005).
  • Kasl, Charlotte Davis. Women, Sex, and Addiction. New York: Harper & Row (1998).
  • Wen, Ming. "Single-Parent Family Structure, Child Development, and Child's Well-being" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005.

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

A Fatherless Childhood (2010, November 28) Retrieved June 05, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/a-fatherless-childhood-145812/

MLA Format

"A Fatherless Childhood" 28 November 2010. Web. 05 June. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/a-fatherless-childhood-145812/>