Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Joyce M. Goosby

Second Advisor

Dr. Vimala Pillari

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between the interpersonal development in adult women during adolescence and the influence of the absence of a father and/or father figure in the home. The dependent variables were sexual attitude and behaviors and emotional value; which includes self-esteem. The independent variable was the absence of a father and/or father figure in the home. The dependent variable was operationalized by analyzing the influence of the absence of a father in the home in adolescent females in each area. A sample population of 40 women between the ages of 20 and 40 from the metro Atlanta Georgia area participated in this study. Each participant was asked to complete a 21-item questionnaire that was divided into four sections. The sections consisted of demographic information, emotional value/self-esteem, influence of fathers’ absence and sexual attitudes and behaviors. The study was able to determine that the absence of a father has an effect on sexual attitudes and behaviors and emotional value/self-esteem in adolescent female interpersonal development; however, the study could not determine the severity. The significance of this study is to understand the effect that an absent father has on the development of relationships in daughters as adolescents. The significance of this study is also to understand that the effect an absent father has on the development of relationships with a direct impact on sexual behaviors and emotional value/self-esteem that may be transitioned into adulthood.

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