Early adolescent girls' perceptions of their relationships with their fathers: A qualitative investigation

Way Niobe, Deborah A. Gillman

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Abstract

In response to the lack of research on father/daughter relationships in ethnic minority, low-income families, a qualitative, exploratory study was conducted with 20 early adolescent girls to examine their perceptions of relationships with their fathers. The girls predominantly were Latina or African American and came from low-income, two-parent or single-parent households. They participated in one-to-one, semistructured interviews in which they were asked about their relationships with their fathers. The analysis of the interviews revealed four themes: (a) girls had, or expected to have, activity-oriented relationships with their fathers that involved conversations focused on school, sports, or "the world"; (b) girls wanted "more" from their fathers; (c) girls perceived their fathers as "overprotective"; and (d) girls protected their fathers. With the exception of the fourth theme, each theme was detected in more than three-fourths of the girls' interviews. The findings indicated a need to examine further the standards by which daughters and fathers evaluate their relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-331
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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