School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Robyn Simmons


father involvement, father nurturance, self-esteem, psychological well-being, life satisfaction




The study of father involvement from the perspective of the daughter is a field rarely explored, especially from the perspective of young adult women of color. Fathers being more present in the lives of their children has changed the culture of society as more mothers are working outside of the home full-time. With fathers more involved in the rearing of children the questions of what impact do fathers if any have on their children compared to mothers. More importantly what do these children believe regarding their father’s impact on their lives as they reach adulthood The research field is saturated with information about the mother-child relationship, but the father-daughter relationship is yet to be fully explored. This study explored the relationship from the perspective of the daughter with a focus on daughters of color. It examined father involvement and father nurturance from the daughter’s perspective and the effects on her self-esteem, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction. Results from Pearson’s correlation analyses showed a significant relationship between perceived father nurturance and self-esteem (p < .001.). Results of psychological well-being and life satisfaction yielded non-significant results. Thus, future studies need to continue researching the importance of father involvement and nurturance in their child’s development, and more specifically the development of daughters.

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