Abstract

There is a lack of studies focused on fathers despite of the growing attention on the importance of father's role in children and adolescents' mental health. The current study examined the influence of father-child relationship on marginalized adolescents' internalizing problems and inattentive/hyperactive behaviors. Participants were 48 adolescents recruited through the Youth Voice community program, who completed self-report questionnaires. The results indicated that adolescents who had better relationships with their fathers had lower levels of internalizing problems and inattentive/hyperactive behaviors. Older adolescents had higher symptoms of internalizing problems than younger adolescents. However, age was not associated with internalizing problems and inattentive/hyperactive behaviors. In addition to the paternal relationship, the interparental relationship was a significant predictor of internalizing problems and inattentive/hyperactive behaviors in adolescents. The study had some limitations to be considered including a small and underrepresented sample size and insufficient data collection through questionnaires. Further studies should include more adolescents with diverse demographic backgrounds and various dimensions to measure father-child relationship.

Advisor

Sarah K. Sifers

First Committee Member

Daniel Houlihan

Second Committee Member

Annelies Hagemeister

Date of Degree

2014

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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