Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



School of Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Tiffanie-Victoria Jones


This quantitative study examined the impact of father absenteeism on the socio­ emotional development of 71 African-American female students at two undergraduate colleges in the Southeastern region of the U.S. All participants were administered a 28 item anonymous, online survey comprised of various questions from the following scales: Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES) and Ryffs Psychological Well-Being Scale (PWB). In addition, participants were asked socio-demographic questions in regards to their age, ethnicity, current year of college, and whether their father was present. Participants whose father was absent also specified the reason for father absenteeism (Death, Prison, Divorce, Unknown, or Other). The independent t-Test (p=.104) and One-Way ANOVA (p=.796) revealed that there was no statistically significant differences between the groups with regard to levels of socio-emotional development. The results starkly contrast previous research and holds implications for social work that the information gained can help explain why some females are less affected by father absenteeism.