The Impact of Father Absence on Daughter Sexual Development and Behaviors: Implications for Professional Counselors

Amanda C.la Guardia, Judith A. Nelson, Ian M. Lertora

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Abstract

Our study investigated the relationship among daughters from father-absent homes, daughters’ age of menarche, and daughters’ first sexual intercourse. This study was conducted as a paper-and-pencil survey with a total of 12 questions answered by 342 undergraduate female students. Results indicated that females from father-absent homes reported experiencing menarche significantly earlier than females from father-present homes; significant correlations at the p < .001 level were found between first reported menarche and first reported consensual intercourse. There was a significant group difference found between father-present and father-absent homes in terms of the age at which participants reported the first onset of their menarche. As there was a significant correlation between onset of menarche and age of first intercourse, it could be surmised that pubertal timing could serve as a mediating factor between father absence and initial engagement in sexual activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalThe Family Journal
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • family
  • father absence
  • menarche
  • parenting

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