Fathers should feel empowered from a study recently published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, 36 studies were analyzed, from 1975 to 2010, involving almost 1,400 adults and 8,600 children in 18 countries. The children ranged in age from 9 to 18, and adults were between 18 and 89.
All the studies included in the review included an assessment of seven personality traits considered central to what is called “parental acceptance-rejection theory.”
Those traits — aggression, independence, positive self-esteem, positive self-adequacy, emotional responsiveness, emotional stability and positive worldview — were evaluated using self-report questionnaires. Participants were asked about their parents’ degree of acceptance or rejection during their childhoods and about their own personality characteristics or tendencies.
“The study shows a strong relationship between those seven traits and the experience of feeling accepted and cared about by your parents,” said Dr. John Sargent, a professor of psychology and pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston.
So even though Fathers may be discriminated against now, the tide is changing and as a father or parent, you need to build your case to stay in your child’s life. Their future and yours, depends on it!
Dana Greco, LCSW
Qualified Social Worker for NYC courts
Certified Mediator and Family Therapist
Expert witness in Custody Battles
Board Member of Fathers and Families in NY (www.fafny.org)