TITLE

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FATHERLY AFFIRMATION AND A WOMAN'S SELF- ESTEEM, FEAR OF INTIMACY, COMFORT WITH WOMANHOOD AND COMFORT WITH SEXUALITY

AUTHOR(S)
Scheffler, Tanya S.; Naus, Peter J.
PUB. DATE
March 1999
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Spring99, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p39
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article investigates the relationship of fatherly affirmation to women's self- esteem and other psychosexual characteristics. Research on the effect of the family on women's psychological development has focused primarily on the influence of the mother-daughter relationship. Although fathers might also be expected to have an impact on a daughter's psychosexual development, few studies have addressed this issue despite anecdotal evidence suggesting that fathers can have a considerable effect on a young woman's self-esteem and on her eventual choice of men. It is found that girls who perceived their father as being warm and supportive had higher self-esteem and that their ego development was only weakly related to their perceptions of the mothering they experienced. These observations are not intended to diminish the influence of mothers on their daughter's psychosexual development, but rather to illustrate the limited attention given to the impact of fathers in this area. Such questions about the role of fatherly affirmation in the psychosexual development of (women and men) go to the heart of many contemporary issues surrounding sexuality, gender, sexual relationships, and sexual satisfaction.
ACCESSION #
2041325

 

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