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Father-daughter relationship and impact on sexual development

Five published studies supporting the connection between father involvement and lower risky sexual behavior by their daughters. 

Impact of fathers on parental monitoring of daughters and their affiliation with sexually promiscuous peers: A genetically and environmentally controlled sibling study.

DelPriore, Danielle J.,Schlomer, Gabriel L.,Ellis, Bruce J.

Developmental Psychology, Vol 53(7), Jul 2017, 1330-1343

“Taken together, these findings suggest that higher quality fathering may decrease daughters’ engagement in RSB by increasing the amount of parental monitoring that they receive and decreasing their affiliation with peers who promote RSB.”


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

The Family Journal, First Published April 3, 2014

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.


The Effects of Paternal Disengagement on Women’s Sexual Decision Making: An Experimental Approach

Danielle J. DelPriore and Sarah E. Hill Texas Christian University

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology © 2013 American Psychological Association 2013, Vol. 105, No. 2, 234 –246

“For example, previous correlational research and natural experiments consistently have demonstrated an association between father absence— or low-quality paternal investment—and women’s increased sexual risk. The present experiments build on this research by demonstrating the causal impact of locally activated paternal disengagement cues on daughters’ sexual decision making. In so doing, the current work suggests the important role that biological fathers may play in shaping the reproductive strategies endorsed by females.”


Paternal Qualities Associated with Responsible Sexual Behavior

Stephanie Weiland Bowling MS &Ronald J. Werner-Wilson PhD

Pages 5-28 | Published online: 13 Nov 2009

“Results indicate three general themes. Responsible sexual behavior among adolescent females seemed to be associated with (a) fathers who were very involved in parenting and the father-daughter relationship; (b) fathers who encouraged androgynous behavior in their daughters, and (c) positive communication with fathers regarding men, dating, sex, and marriage.”


Does Father Absence Place Daughters at Special Risk for Early Sexual Activity and Teenage Pregnancy?

Bruce J. Ellis , John E. Bates, Kenneth A. Dodge, David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood, Gregory S. Pettit, Lianne Woodward

Child Development, May 16, 2003

“In conclusion, father absence was an overriding risk factor for early sexual activity and adolescent pregnancy. Conversely, father presence was a major protective factor against early sexual outcomes, even if other risk factors were present.”

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