Factors that Contribute to Fathers Being Perceived as Good or Poor Sexuality Educators For Their Daughters
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Sexuality educators; Sex instruction for girls; Family life education; Fathers and daughters; Parenting;
This study examined how fathers communicate with their daughters when discussing sexuality, and the factors that contribute to the fathers being perceived as good or poor sexuality educators by their daughters. The data from 10 female participants’ were analyzed (five fathers were rated as good sexuality educators, and five were rated as poor). Factors that contributed to fathers being perceived as good sexuality educators included being emotionally close with his daughter, displaying attentiveness to her comfort level, being open and honest when discussing sexuality, monitoring her behaviors with a level of trust, and using direct communication. Overall, good fathers exhibited an active parenting style, read cues for alleviating anxiety, and established an emotionally close relationship with their daughters in other aspects beyond sexuality education. Fathers seen as poor sexuality educators were not emotionally close with their daughters nor did they use direct communication when attempting to talk about sexuality. McNair Scholar project. Faculty Advisor: Christopher Latty