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.
Sarah K. Sifers
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pyun, Y. S. (2014). The Influence of Father-Child Relationship on Adolescents' Mental Health [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/311/
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